Alex Muise is the latest recruit announced for the 2017-18 Gee-Gees men’s basketball team. Hailing from Hammonds Plains, N.S., Muise is a dynamic offensive weapon that will provide the team plenty of firepower for the foreseeable future.
Muise was a driving force in Nova Scotia’s back-to-back U17 Canada Basketball National Championships. Last summer, Muise shined in the tournament, averaging 17.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
The biggest factors that helped the 6-foot-4 guard make his decision was the team’s focus on school and basketball, embracing the opportunity to play the game he loves while getting a quality education.
The environment that surrounds being a Gee-Gees basketball player was also enticing to Muise, as he joins a team perennially ranked among the top of the nation, and an incomparable rivalry against the Carleton Ravens.
“Being one of the top-ranked teams, more teams hear about you and want to play you,” said Muise. “You get more opportunities to play against high-level competition and it’s a better chance to prove yourself.”
Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin sees tremendous potential in Muise, thinking he can play a key role in the team’s future.
“This is a big time get for our program, we’re really excited,” said Derouin. “He’s a high quality guard, he’s a scorer, a playmaker, and he can get into the paint and make plays. We’re going to need some perimeter scoring next year once we lose Caleb, Adam, and Plunkett, so we’re really really excited about Alex.”
On the high school circuit, he has also had success with his C.P. Allen Cheetahs, as the Bedford high school captured the Metro Halifax Championship last year.
His team competed in the provincial championship tournament, which was won by current Gee-Gee Gage Sabean’s Horton Griffins, who defeated fellow 2017 recruit Chase Tynes’ Auburn Drive Eagles. The three Nova Scotians will come together to suit up in garnet and grey next season.
Muise is also excited to star alongside Tynes in the future, hoping to replicating the success they’ve found on the floor. “I love playing with Chase in the summer,” said Muise. “He was really happy that I was coming to join him. I feel like for the next five years, Chase and I will have a really good connection, bringing some great intangibles to the team.”
Derouin and the coaching staff see the recruitment of Muise as something that will have a massive effect on the team going forward. This season, Calvin Epistola and Gage Sabean have been breakout young players for the team. Derouin maintains that adding Muise and Tynes to the current young core will ensure the future is very bright for the Gee-Gees.
“We really feel like we’re set up with a nice backcourt for the future.”
Upon arriving in Ottawa, Muise will study Business at the Telfer School of Management.