Under 12 (Mini) Boys Provincial Team Player Selections
Date: Sep 28, 2019
Some wait, some don’t.
Sam Maillet fits in the latter description.
Maillet committed to the Dalhousie University Tigers last fall and then went out and had a season to remember in the New Brunswick high school ranks.
He now concentrates on the remaining few months at Bernice MacNaughton High School and then prepares to join the reigning Atlantic University Sport Tigers in the fall.
Dalhousie will play this weekend at the U SPORTS nationals in Halifax after earning its fourth AUS title in five years.
Maillet brings a winning pedigree to Halifax, a major component in Bernice MacNaughton winning its first-ever Final 12 title last month.
Considered to be one of the top interscholastic players in Atlantic Canada, Maillet is a multi-dimensional player that Dalhousie head coach Rick Plato expects to have an immediate impact.
“I liken Sam’s style of play to that of (present day Tigers) Alex Carson and Keevan Veinot, both of who are also excellent student-athletes and are committed to winning,’ said Plato. ‘Sam will be a great addition to the program and will be counted on to be a key building block for the next five years.”
Maillet had an impressive showing at the Canada Basketball under-17 boys’ nationals in Kamloops, B.C. last summer with Basketball New Brunswick.
He finished the tournament second in assists and rebounds and fourth in blocks.
The six-foot-five guard is an honour student while playing basketball with the Highlanders.
“I'm extremely excited about coming to Dal and playing for the Tigers,” says Maillet. “Coach Plato is a legendary coach, and I think that playing for him and will make me a very successful U SPORT athlete. Dal has had tons of success in men's basketball over the past few years, and I'm just really looking forward to contributing to the team's future success.