McMaster men’s basketball coach Amos Connolly believes in the old adage “The early bird gets the worm” and is happy to announce his first recruiting commitment for 2012.
Cambridge native Jason Quiring confirmed with Connolly last week that he will be donning Maroon this fall as a member of the Marauders and signed his CIS letter of intent on Saturday.
Quiring is a 6-foot-6 post, who is attending Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge. His Hespeler Hawks team is one of the favourites from the WCSSAA (Waterloo County) region to qualify for the OFSAA AAA tournament in March.
Ranked among the top 100 graduating high school players in Canada by Hoopstars Canada recruiting service, Quiring spent last year playing for the Regional Elite Development Academy (REDA) that operated out of Hamilton.
He returned to Cambridge and Jacob Hespeler when the REDA program moved its base to Orangeville for this season.
“As a quality post player Jason was a recruiting priority, so we are thrilled that he has decided to become a Marauder,” beamed Coach Connolly. “He gives us another legitimate forward to help inside, but he has some perimeter skills and can knock down shots from range. He reminds me of Cam Michaud.”
Jason becomes the second member of the Quiring family to join the Marauder family, as his sister Rebecca plays for the McMaster women’s basketball team.
Coach Connolly and the Marauder staff continue to work hard on the recruiting trail and expect to announce future commitments in the coming weeks.
“We choose quality vs. quantity when it comes to recruiting – and are in contact with some very exceptional players. Our goal is to clearly demonstrate that McMaster is a great choice for their university experience,” said Connolly.