“I am really excited. Being able to stay home, and go to university in my hometown. Not a lot of cities have that.”
Set to graduate from Duchess Park, Pearce also grew up playing in the Junior Timberwolves program under the direction of UNBC bench boss Todd Jordan.
“I think that is what Todd was looking for when he started the Junior Timberwolves. To get kids interested and playing basketball, and getting kids involved with the UNBC teams. I remember them coming out to a lot of practices to help coach.”
Jordan points to Pearce’s unique skillset, and quiet commitment to the game, when explaining his excitement in adding the local point guard to his roster.
“We have had our eye on Colburn since he was in the 8th grade. He will bring athleticism and quickness to our lineup, and I am very excited for him to learn from our veteran guards this season. I have enjoyed watching him grow, and am fully confident he will grow into a strong player at the U SPORTS level.”
A dynamic athlete who excelled in football and on the hardcourt, Pearce made the leap to senior basketball with the Condors when he was in grade nine. He responded to that challenge by earning a city all-star spot for four consecutive seasons.
“Making that jump in Grade Nine all the way up to Senior, was a big one, but I knew it would pay off. I think it has.”
Along with his city all-star nods, Pearce won three city championships with Duchess Park, and personally garnered three consecutive Zone MVP awards. He draws a parallel between his high school basketball journey, and his hopes for personal progression at the Canada West level.
“It’s a lot like my current situation. Coming in as a smaller player, and playing against larger fourth-year and fifth-year players. Like I did in Grade Nine, I want to get experience, and get used to it, so in the next few years I can be accustomed to the play.”
Fresh off an appearance in the British Columbia High Schools Boys Basketball All-Star Game, Pearce will be training this summer with his new Timberwolves teammates. He has been wearing TWolf green for years, and is excited to bring his style of play to UNBC.
“I’m pretty fast so I like to use that to get in the lane and make kick-outs. I am good to creating, and that’s what I plan on doing as a UNBC Timberwolf. Set my teammates up to score.”