(Halifax, N.S.) Dalhousie University men’s basketball head coach Rick Plato is proud to announce the commitment of Sam Maillet to the 2019-20 lineup.
A Moncton, New Brunswick native, Maillet had an impressive showing at the Canada Basketball U17 boys’ nationals in Kamloops, B.C. this past summer. Representing New Brunswick, Maillet finished the tournament second in assists and rebounds and fourth in blocks. That performance capped off an impressive year that also saw him earn the 2017-18 New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association (NBIAA) Eastern Conference Player of the Year award.
Generally considered to be one of the top high school players in Atlantic Canada, Maillet is a multi-dimensional player that Coach Plato expects to have an immediate impact in 2019-20, “I liken Sam’s style of play to that of Alex Carson and Keevan Veinot, both of who are also excellent student-athletes and are committed to winning. 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.”
The 6’5 guard is not just a great basketball player, but also an excellent student. Maillet has finished the last two academic years as an honours student.
“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.”
Maillet will graduate from Bernice MacNaughton High School in June and is still deciding between studying psychology or commerce at Dalhousie in the fall.