HAMILTON, Ont. (from McMaster Marauders) — McMaster women’s basketball coach Theresa Burns has confirmed that blue chip prospect Kokoro Tsuzuki from Calgary has committed to join the Marauders and will suit up in the fall of 2018.
Currently completing her final year at Calgary’s Robert Thirsk High School, Tsuzuki was identified by Basketball Alberta as a prospective player for the 2017 provincial team, as well as being in the TAS (Targeted Athlete Stream) for Canada Basketball.
Citing McMaster’s strong reputation for both academics and athletics, Tsuzuki said she is excited about donning the Maroon and Grey in September.
“The unique atmosphere surrounding the campus and environment there really stood out for me,” Tsuzuki said, regarding her visit to Hamilton back in November. “I felt extremely welcomed by the team members, coaches and other staff on campus, and I could already feel a sense of ‘family’ through seeing the unbelievable support the program gets.”
Burns said he believes Tsuzuki can make an early impact on next year’s Marauder squad. “She’s a crafty playmaker who can shoot the 3-ball or finish at the rim,” said Burns about her new point guard. “With a 95 percent grade average she is an outstanding student and her IQ translates onto the court. I also like that she takes a lot of pride in the defensive side of the game.”
Standing 5-5, Tsuzuki is the first recruit from Alberta that Burns has managed to attract into the McMaster program. “She is just such a mature and personable young woman, and I am thrilled she has decided to join our team,” the Marauder mentor said.
Also currently playing with the Genesis Basketball Club in Calgary, Tsuzuki plans to study health sciences or kinesiology at McMaster.
“I’m so excited for the opportunity to work with incredible coaches and talented players, while constantly being challenged to improve my game,” she said. “I genuinely feel that I will be able to pursue both my academic and basketball goals at McMaster, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of the program!”
Burns expects additional recruit commitments to be finalized in the coming weeks.
The Marauders close out the OUA conference schedule at home Friday and Saturday versus the Algoma University Thunderbirds. The womens’ games tip-off in the Burridge Gym at 6-pm both nights.