Marauders continue to add talent

McMaster men’s basketball coach Patrick Tatham continues to deepen the talent pool of his roster and is very excited to announce his latest recruit commitment, as swingman Joshua Massela will join the Mac squad for the 2018-19 season.

“Josh brings immediate toughness, lock-down defense, and elite level athleticism to the team,” beamed Tatham about his newest Marauder.

Originally from Ottawa, Massela is currently finishing up his high school career at Southwest Academy in London, where he has been in attendance for the last two years. Southwest Academy competes in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA).

“I have such huge respect for the coaching staff at McMaster,” said Massela, who averaged 16 points per game for Southwest Prep. “They demonstrate proper care and affection for their players, while also providing a hard-working environment that I would love to be a part of.”

Tatham believes Massela can be a defensive stopper for the maroon & grey, able to guard multiple positions. Among his measurables, he has an impressive vertical jump, measured at 46-inches. “This is a young man that got a late start on his basketball journey,” Tatham said about Massela. “But he wants to learn and picks up things very quickly. He may stand 6-4, but with his athleticism and a 7-foot wingspan, he brings game-changing intangibles at his position.”

“He is a high-character, yet soft-spoken young man, but Josh is an intense player and brings an edge to his game,” adds the Mac mentor. “I see his hunger to compete and eagerness to improve as making him a sleeper in this class; one who will flourish in our program and in the OUA.”

Now part of what is shaping up to be a very solid recruiting class, Massela believes exciting times lie ahead for Marauder basketball. “I’m feeling great about my decision to attend McMaster,” he added. “I’m very confident that the Marauder program will support me and help me achieve many of my goals.”

Having secured three commitments in just over a month, Coach Tatham still hopes to add to his growing troupe of talent, as he works to assemble a McMaster team that is ready to compete at the highest levels.

Source: Bill Malley

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