SCHOOL: Vancouver College
FRESHMAN'S FUTURE: Carleton (Ottawa)
If you wanted to create a comic book superhero character for the basketball court who was mild-mannered off the hardwood but could soar into the fray once he stepped between the lines, then Thomas Scrubb would be your man.
"He'll take three strides and you'll have to take 20 just to catch up," remarked Jon Tagualo, his head coach with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish. "He is like a gazelle."
Faster than a rumour and seemingly able to leap double-teaming defenders in a single bound with a massive opening step, the quicksilver senior guard-wing with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish was indeed a study in contrasts: Quiet to a fault but deafening on the stat sheet where steals, blocks, tips and dunks were the punctuation on his usual gaudy cache of points, rebounds and assists.
"He's so smooth and he makes it look so easy that people take for granted how good he is," adds Tagulao of the fluidity Scrubb brought to the floor as one of the most dynamic players ever to wear Irish purple. "When he drops 25 (points), it's not a loud 25."
Kind of like the fist in the velvet glove. And later this summer, Scrubb -- who helped lead the Irish to an appearance in the Telus B.C. Triple A championship final game -- packs his bags and heads east to join Ottawa's Carleton Ravens, the reigning dynasty of CIS men's basketball.
"I am really excited but also pretty nervous," says Scrubb.
And if his new teammates first see his mild-mannered nature off the court, they'll very quickly discover just what kind of player he is.
"He's quiet," says Tagulao. "But he's a fighter."
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