District student-athletes sign on to play for U of L Pronghorns
A number of student-athletes from Lethbridge School District No. 51 will see themselves in Pronghorns colours next year, or in the very near future.
Building off their first home playoff date in 16 years, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn men's basketball team has started to build for next season and the coming years with the addition of seven players to the program, three of whom have ties to the District.
The first portion of the 2017-18 recruiting class is littered with southern Alberta products and has a mix of true freshmen and transfers with experience.
Local product Tanner McLachlan joins the program after a successful stint across the river at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI). Last season the 6-foot-6 forward was a Southern Alberta High School Basketball League (SAHSBL) First Team All-Star and led the Rams in scoring with 22 points per game.
In Grade 11, McLachlan averaged 13 points per game and the multi-sport athlete was also a standout wide receiver with the Rams' football team.
"Tanner is a long athletic wing who's going to come in and compete from day one," said head coach Mike Hansen, in a U of L media release. "His work ethic has been incredible and it's been great watching him grow as player over the past few years. He fits our system so well, but more importantly, he has great character and is going to fit in our locker room and the U of L's culture.”
Another LCI product, Saren Westrop joins the Pronghorns after two years south of the border playing both NCAA Division 1 and Junior College.
Signing with Iona College straight out of high school, the 6-foot-7 forward saw action in 13 games with the Gaels and was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.
This past season, he played Junior College at Harcum College in Pennsylvania. In helping the Bears to a 22-9 record, Westrop averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
At LCI, Westrop was the SAHSBL MVP in during the 2014-15 season, leading the Rams to a perfect 14-0 regular season and leading the team in scoring with 23.1 points per game.
"Saren's experience in the U.S. has matured him and taught him how to compete at the highest levels," said Hansen. "He has great strength and quickness, adds perimeter shooting and defensive toughness to the team. He is going to make an immediate impact for the team and I believe he's the final piece we've been missing to allow us to compete with the top teams in Canada West."
Freshmen Nick Myndio will join the program next season but is expected to redshirt during the 2017-18 season.
Myndio joins the Pronghorns from Chinook High School, where he led the Coyotes in scoring the past two seasons, averaging 24.4 points last season and 19.1 points in grade 11.
"Nick is an incredibly hard working player who's flown under the radar after an injury filled year," said Hansen. "He's played through a broken back, an injured hip and a fracture in his foot and when healthy has shown a great deal of potential. We're looking forward to Nick getting healthy as he redshirts the year and starts reaching his potential."
Date posted: May 18, 2017