The University of Northern British Columbia’s Men’s basketball team continues to bolster its roster, officially announcing the commitment of impact guard Chris Ross for the 2018-2019 Canada West season.
A native of North Vancouver, Ross comes to the Timberwolves with the skill and hard-nosed commitment to make a difference at both ends of the floor.
“I am really excited to be a part of the UNBC Timberwolves. It has always been a goal of mine to play university basketball, and now I have this chance to take my game to the next level against better competition.”
Standing six-foot-three, Ross led Seycove Secondary to a bronze medal at the 2018 BC Provincial Championships. He earned tournament all-star distinction, on the heels of earning Most Valuable Player and leading scorer honours in the North Shore League, and the Howe Sound Championship. The shooting guard says he is confident his skills will transfer to the Canada West level.
“First of all, my shooting ability. I think what separates me from a lot of players is my ability to shoot the basketball from three-point range, or from the mid-range. Also, my hard work. I dive on every loose ball, I play physically, and I make sure my opponent doesn’t get where he wants to go.”
Ross has also been a member of Team BC on four occasions, including the chance to represent the Province at the Canada Summer Games in 2017. Playing at the provincial level was where Ross began to stand out, says Timberwolves coach Todd Jordan.
“The first thing that stuck out for me was Chris’ ability to shoot the basketball. The more I watched, the greater appreciation I gained for his incredible work ethic on the court. He is going to bring toughness on the defensive end, and projects as a tremendous leader for our program.”
Ross has the frame to be a major contributor for the TWolves, but he acknowledges it will be a step up from any level he has competed at. A challenge, he says, that he is accepting and embracing.
“The leap from high school to university basketball is a big one. What I hear from players, is always about the physicality. I have to prepare myself mentally and physically to play at that faster pace. I am excited to do it. Excited to hit the gym, get stronger, get faster, and be able to compete at that level.”
With plans to study business and accounting at UNBC, Ross will arrive in Prince George in August to join his new teammates. The TWolves are seeking a second consecutive playoff appearance, and will look to build on the first playoff win in program history; a win over Winnipeg in February. The fiery shooting guard believes in the Timberwolves, and hopes to be an asset for the team for the next five seasons.
“They had a great season and I can’t wait to be a part of that winning and hard-working atmosphere. I want to be a part of a program that is on the rise. They cultured the program under Todd Jordan, who is a great coach. He wants to make me a better player, and he wants the best for this program in every way.”