The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team will feature a fifth-year point guard again next season, thanks to the addition of Adam Presutti who has decided to transfer from the McMaster Marauders after sitting out last season due to injury.
Presutti won the 2012 CIS Rookie of the Year award and took the Marauders to the CIS Final 8 in 2014. In his last season at McMaster, 2014-15, the Maple, Ont., native played 25.9 minutes per game and notched 10.2 points and 2.5 assists per game. He graduated after that season and intended to play a fifth year in maroon before concussions put him on the sideline.
“I had four phenomenal years there, and I have nothing but good things to say,” emphasized the 6-foot-2 guard. “After evaluating the situation I wanted to get a new academic and basketball experience. It wasn’t about getting recruited again and it was pretty clear cut that Ottawa was the best fit for me.”
"Adam is as deadly as a scorer as he is a playmaker and we can use him at both guard positions,” says Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. "We expect big things from Adam and he will be asked to take on a big leadership role right away."
Presutti will study social communications at St. Paul University and has two big links to the Gee-Gees. He was a high school team mate of Mike L’Africain’s at St. Ignatius of Loyola where they formed the back court of Loyola’s back-to-back provincial silver medalist teams.
“I’ve stayed very close with Mike. He was a great sounding board through this process and hearing from someone you trust that’s been in a place for five years is huge - he didn’t waver from the truth.”
Presutti's other link is Nathan McCarthy. The two came into McMaster as part of the same recruiting class with McCarthy joining uOttawa last season and emerging as an OUA Second Team All-Star.
“To see his progression and to see how he enjoyed the season at Ottawa was great,” says Presutti about the potential difficulty that a transfer can pose.
Presutti will join the team on its upcoming exhibition tour in Costa Rica, but will not be eligible to compete until October.
“Overall I think the coaches and players in place are all phenomenal people and I’m excited for a new chance to play with guys that understand basketball the same way that I do.”