PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s basketball team has bolstered its backcourt, committing Devon Wood for the 2017-2018 season.
The five-foot-nine guard says her commitment to the Timberwolves is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication.
“I am extremely excited to have committed to UNBC. I have always wanted to play basketball at the university level, and I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity.”
Wood, who will graduate from Windsor Secondary in June, visited the Timberwolves’ training this spring and felt an immediate connection.
“I was able to meet the team and practice with them. They all seem really great, and I am looking forward to playing with all of them next year.”
Coach Sergey Shchepotkin says Wood’s tenacity in practice and games was a significant factor in his decision to offer a spot to the guard.
“She is willing to work, and willing to compete. Devon brings a toughness and basketball IQ to the court, which will both be huge in her development.”
The native of North Vancouver plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts, and said the trip to UNBC was critical in her decision to commit to the Timberwolves.
“I really enjoyed campus when I came up to visit. I immediately felt comfortable, and I know I will enjoy the smaller university and class sizes.”
Wood, who was a First Team All-Star at the 2017 Lower Mainland Zone Championships, expects there to be a steep learning curve at the Canada West level. However, the chance to suit up in Timberwolf green is an opportunity she plans to make the most of.
“I am really grateful to have this opportunity to play on this team and work harder to become a better basketball player. As a first-year player, I know I will have a lot to learn. I am really going to push myself to improve my game.”