Mt. Boucherie's Kache Kopec will play university basketball next season with Lakehead University.

Mt. Boucherie's Kache Kopec will play university basketball next season with Lakehead University.

Kopec second Bear to join Lakehead program

Kache Kopec and Mt. Boucherie teammate Quincy Johnson will play university basketball together at Thunder Bay school

Another Bear is about to become a Thunderwolf.

Mt. Boucherie guard Kache Kopec has committed to the Lakehead University Timberwolves for the 2015-16 CIS basketball season.

Kopec will join Bears’ teammate Quincy Johnson who was recruited by the Thunder Bay, Ont.-based school earlier this spring.

LU coach Manny Furtado is excited to have the 6-foot-3 guard from West Kelowna on board.

“We are very pleased that Kache will be a member of the Thunderwolves family next year,” said Furtado. “Kache’s length, athleticism and perimeter shooting will help us meet our team’s needs for next year and beyond.

“We were very impressed with him during his campus visit and look forward to helping his game mature over the next five years.”

For Kopec’s part, he sees the move to Lakehead as a good fit, both on the court and in the classroom.

“I’m really looking forward to playing with the Thunderwolves in the fall. The competition at Lakehead and the schools on their schedule are of the highest calibre,” said Kopec.

“The Lakehead community is very close, and it seems like a very supportive atmosphere and a great place to play. I’m excited for the challenges I’ll face next year. I think it will be a great experience for me, both academically and on the court.”

Kopec capped off his high school career with a solid Grade 12 year.

In addition to putting up a 50-point game, he averaged 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals this past season.

Kopec was also named the MVP of the Okanagan high school all-star game.

Bears’ coach Kelly Broderick said Kopec is deserving of the opportunity.

“It is with great pleasure to know that Kache is joining the Thunderwolves at Lakehead,” Broderick said. “Kache is a player that has dedicated the last three years of his life to becoming the best, both on and off the court. His dedication, drive and grit have earned him this great opportunity.

“Kache will join fellow Mt Boucherie senior Quincy Johnson on the T-Wolves’ roster.”


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