The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team have been one of the most consistent squads over the last five years. Under the direction of head coach Scott Clark, the ‘Pack have made the post season in each those seasons.
The WolfPack enter 2018-19 with the same philosophy that Clark has utilized in the past: “ Work hard on the court, in the weight room and in the classroom. At the same time, improving each game with the end result being a berth in the post season.”
The team has a solid core of returning players led by fifth year Derek Rhodes (Antioch, CA). Rhodes was a solid contributor offensively.
Micheal Rouault (Vernon, BC) enters his fourth season as not only a three time USPORTS Academic All-Canadian but also the winner of the Cliff Neufeld leadership athlete of the year. On the court, his offensive and defensive numbers continue to increase to match his court time. Joe Davis (Kamloops, BC) also goes into his fourth year averaging a team high 15.3 points per game. Both Rouault and Davis started every game in 2017-18.
Tyus DeVries (Chilliwack, BC) was named to the Canada West all-rookie team. He averaged 23.9 minutes and 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He will get increased minutes this season. Another player who will be counted on for more offense will be import Anton Bilous (Cherkassy, Ukraine). BIlous averaged 10.9 points in his first USPORTS season after transferring from a U.S. junior college in Texas.
Others to see more court time as well will be third year guard Madhu McConnell (Victoria, BC) and second year forwards Jon Steele (Chilliwack, BC) and Devin Halcrow (Kamloops, BC), who was named the teams most improved player last season.
After sitting out last season, American Enrico Nuno (Half Moon Bay, CA) will be an instant infusion of offensive ability into the TRU line-up.
Clark has signed a number of top high school prospects: Richard Mageto (6’1” guard, Surrey, BC-Clayton Heights Secondary/Team BC), Nathan Pasloske (6’4”guard, Nanaimo, BC-Brentwood College) and Brendan Sullivan (6’1” guard, Mill Bay, BC-Brentwood College).
Sullivan was a provincial final MVP.
Clark had two local players successfully walk into the program this September: Tyler Schiller of Barriere and Evan Jumaya of South Kamloops.