McMaster men’s basketball coach Patrick Tatham is excited to announce that highly touted shooting guard Sefa Otchere has pledged to join the Marauder program and will enroll at McMaster this September. A standout at Mississauga Prep, Otchere is the first recruit from the class of 2018 to commit to the McMaster program.
“This is a significant get for us as Sefa is an outstanding player who had a lot of options for his university career,” said Tatham, who is preparing for his second season on the McMaster bench. “Not only does he have a very high compete level, but he is a coach’s dream because of his tremendous character.”
Originally from Niagara Falls, the 6’4″ sharpshooter had a strong 2017-18 season with Mississauga Prep, and was selected to play for Team GTA at the Universal Hoops Spotlight Showcase event, that featured many of the top prep school players from across Ontario.
“I just really liked the way Coach (Tatham) organized things when I was on campus and he seemed like someone I wanted to play for,” said Otchere about his decision to make maroon his colour of choice. “It’s a big relief to have made the decision because for some, basketball ends after high school, and I’m moving on. It’s exciting because McMaster is such a good school.”
Averaging close to a double-double in points and rebounds over his final high school season, Otchere also excels in the classroom and carries a grade point average of 3.8 on a 4-point scale. Coach Tatham is thrilled to add such a quality person to next season’s roster, saying, “Sefa is a very genuine young man, as well as being a high-level athlete with a huge upside.”
Currently ranked as the No. 40 prospect in Canada by the NorthpoleHoops recruiting service, Otchere is looking forward to working with Coach Tatham and starting his Marauder journey, believing he can make an immediate impact. “I’d like to make the all-rookie team,” he posed after helping his team to victory in the Universal Spotlight event. “But most of all I want to help McMaster improve. I want to win a national championship before I’m done there. That’s the most important thing.”
Coach Tatham and the Marauder staff continue to work the recruiting trail and expect to share additional announcements on player commitments in the coming weeks.
Source: Bill Malley