The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s basketball team has added a Prince George city all-star, officially announcing the commitment of Isabel Fuller for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.
“Ever since I started to watch basketball, coming to watch the games, it has been a dream of mine to play at the university level. I grew up here, and it is so cool to be able to play with them. I always looked up to them, and it is going to be such a cool experience. I am really excited.”
A five-foot-ten combo guard, Fuller has played for the College Heights senior girls team since Grade 9. She has been able to train with the Timberwolves at the Northern Sport Centre and says her new teammates, along with UNBC coach Sergey Shchepotkin, have been crucial in helping her transition to the university level.
“The girls are so nice and welcoming. They’re really supportive and help me out, and I am so excited to play with them. Coach Sergey is a really good coach. He is so supportive and really knows the game well. It is definitely helping me become a stronger player. Realizing what it’s like to play at this level. It is different, but really cool.”
The 17-year-old is a two-time City All-Star, and has earned all-star distinction at the zone championships. Her success at the high school level will lend itself nicely to the Canada West level, but Fuller knows there will be a transition to be made.
“The speed is a lot different, and the height. They are all tall and strong. It’s going to be a big adjustment. I really like to push the ball on the fast break. I like to shoot, and get to those baseline shots. I am pretty good at seeing the floor, seeing what is happening in the game, and making plays.”
Shchepotkin is thrilled to add a local talent like Fuller to his roster for the next five years. The two have been working one-on-one since the College Heights Cougar decided to join the Timberwolves.
“I am really happy and excited to bring Isabel into our program. She has the desire to get better every time she gets on the court, and has a good frame and athleticism to contribute to our team moving forward. She grew up watching the Timberwolves, and now she can bring that passion for the next five years.”
Fuller grew up in the Jr Timberwolves program, having first donned the green in Grade 6. The honour roll student will graduate in June, and plans to enroll in General Studies. She will join her new TWolves teammates in August for training camp.
“Lots of my friends are here, and all my family is here. It is really cool they’ll be able to come out and support. When I put the jersey on, it will be actually happening, and I am really excited. I have always wanted to play university ball, and it happening now is super exciting. I am so excited to have the privilege to play with UNBC.”