The Wolf Pack Basketball Club is once again making the trip from Whitehorse to Langley for Bballnationals. They'll be bringing two teams — their Under-14 and Under-16 Boys — and for the Yukon-based club, their past experience at the tournament helped bring them back.
“Having participated in it last year, we just thought it was really well done, it was really well organized,” remarked Wolf Pack Basketball’s President, Tim Brady. “So, we thought we’d come back this year.”
For Brady, a Sport Yukon Hall of Fame Inductee, the competitiveness in last year’s tournament played a factor in coming back as well, as he stressed the importance of competition to a team from a “smaller jurisdiction like the Yukon.” It’s the Bballnationals ability to draw in a group of teams that is “large and spread-out and diverse”, according to Brady, which contributes to the level of competition amongst teams.
“It’s going to have value for them, as players,” said Brady of the impact of quality basketball on his club’s teams.
After all, while past experiences are valued by the Wolf Pack Basketball Club, their main expectation is that their teams will gain experience in their second visit to the Langley Events Centre.
“Our performance is really all about learning and growing and improving, and this is a way to measure where we’re at … and where we need to be going,” said Brady of the club’s expectation going into Bballnationals.
“This is a tournament that gives us a gauge and gives the players an idea [of] what they need to do, if their interested in playing the game at a higher level”
Spots are still available for the tournament, which starts July 29th for the girls and August 2nd for the boys. Visit their website to learn more.
Written by: Mohak Sood