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RECRUIT PROFILE: Timmons brings defensive excellence from Nova Scotia

Friday January 13, 2017
Timmons dribbling.

 The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team is proud to announce its first commitment for the 2017 recruiting class is Wolfville, Nova Scotia product, Maia Timmons.

 The five-foot-six combo guard has represented her province for the past five years including four appearances at the Canada Basketball National Championships. She has also helped lift her Horton High School Griffons to the 2016 provincial championship, cementing the program’s status as a basketball powerhouse.

 “We’re excited to have Maia as our first commit because she’s a player that loves to bring a high tempo and her excellent court sense is a real asset for us,” says Gee-Gees head Coach Andy Sparks, who also highlights Timmons’ defensive prowess which was on display at the U17 National Championships in 2016.

 “I like defence,” states Timmons simply but with passion. “I’m an anticipator and I read the ball well. I normally guard the opponent’s point guard, full court.” Describing her current teams, she adds, “Our transition game is big and we like the run.”

The future Gee-Gee has also been involved in spreading her love of basketball through a breakthrough program at Horton called Play Unified. A partnership with Special Olympics Nova Scotia helped Timmons and her basketball team mates start up a Unified team which integrates varsity basketball players with students from the school’s physical and intellectual disabilities classes. The program is the first of its kind in Canada.

Timmons, who sports a healthy 97 per cent academic average and plans to study biomedical science, has been considering university basketball for a long time. She visited uOttawa during the team’s Alumni Weekend in September, where the team camaraderie across generations of players was on display, and signed her letter of intent in late November.

 “A big thing for me as part of my decision was to have a new experience,” explains Timmons since the visit was her first time to the city of Ottawa. “I’m interested in studying neuroscience and also social psychology.”