PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Men’s basketball team just became bigger and more experienced, announcing the commitment of Jesse Mushiana for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.
At six-foot-six, Mushiana addresses a need for depth at the post position for the Timberwolves.
“I am a big body. A guy who can grab rebounds, score when I have to, and guard the other team’s post player,” he said. “Talking to Coach Todd (Jordan), he wants that inside presence.”
Mushiana is entering his fourth year of Canada West eligibility, having played his first two seasons at Langara College, and his third year at Capilano University. He says his experiences at the PacWest level has helped him grow as a player.
“You learn to play after a couple years. I don’t know if it is a skill thing necessarily, but more that you learn how to play the game, and how to use your body.”
Mushiana and his Langara teammates won the 2014 CCAA National Championship, and UNBC coach Todd Jordan says he expects his new recruit to utilize those experiences to help the Timberwolves.
“I know the coaches Jesse has played for at the high school and college, and they are very good coaches who have helped him develop his game. Just having that experience gives him maturity that will help at this level.”
The native of Vancouver is familiar with Jordan, having played for the Provincial team under the UNBC bench boss when Mushiana was a high school senior.
“I have known Todd for a very long time, so that was a big reason for wanting to come here. I feel like I can fit in really well here, with the way he has the Timberwolves play.”
Last year’s Timberwolves roster boasted just two players standing six-foot-five or taller. Jordan says the addition of a veteran presence like Mushiana allows more rotation options on the floor.
“It gives us an opportunity to bring in another guy who can play that position. It will allow other guys to move down the lineup card to play to their true positions.”
A graduate of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary in 2013, Mushiana suggests he is a far different, and far better player, than when he was a highly-touted recruit in high school. He intends to make a big impact on the Timberwolves, and their pursuit of the Canada West playoffs.
“There are little things that you can’t teach, but you pick up after playing years of good basketball.”