The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s basketball team has added some serious size, grit, and skill for the 2018-2019 season, officially announcing the commitment of Cevanna Carlson.
The six-foot-one post visited the Timberwolves and UNBC Prince George campus in the winter, and was immediately attracted to growth of the program.
“I loved it. It’s in BC, it’s in the North. The basketball here has been progressing, and I really want to be a part of it. It means a lot. I am super excited.”
While Turner Valley, Alberta is where she has grown up, Carlson cites the Northwest Territories as her home. A proud member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation band, a chance to play and learn on the traditional Lheidli T’enneh territory was an attractive prospect.
“I am representing a lot of Native kids who can’t play, and that’s who I am playing for. That is the reason I play. I think about it before big games, I think about it after big games. It’s really important to me and it is important to my family, as well.”
Set to graduate from Foothills Composite High School this June, Carlson has been an impact player at the offensive and defensive end for the Falcons. Timberwolves coach Sergey Shchepotkin says the 18-year-old’s game will translate nicely to the Canada West level.
“I am really happy to have Cevanna join our program. She has the size, but more importantly, she has the work ethic to develop into an impact player. She is focused, and loves the game, and we are excited to have her in Timberwolf gold for the next five years.”
On Carlson’s visit in January, she watched her future Timberwolf teammates complete a two-game sweep of the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat. She knows the transition to the highest level of Canadian university basketball will require dedication, but she is looking forward to pushing herself to improve.
“They can expect to see hard work from me. Teamwork, commitment. I have really good footwork, and I would really like to improve on my shooting. This will help me get better, and make me even tougher down low.”
Carlson will pursue education in First Nations Studies at UNBC, and will join her TWolf teammates in August for training camp. She is hoping to help the UNBC Women’s team to its third consecutive Canada West playoff appearance.
“Everyone is so nice here, and the team seems amazing. I want to be a part of that.”