Gabe Namink (Lambton Lions)

Wallaceburg’s Gabe Namink will trade in his maroon and grey Tartans jersey for blue and white next fall.

The 6’6 wing player formally committed to play on the Lambton Lions men’s basketball team, making him the first player of the 2019 recruiting class to commit to the Sarnia school.

“We have been watching Gabe for a few years now and have been incredibly impressed by his work ethic and drive to improve,” stated James Grant, head coach for the Lions, in a social media post.

“His ability to shoot the ball while having a high basketball IQ that allows him to make good in-game decisions is something that the entire coaching staff feels can help our team.”

Robin, Gabe and Bill Namink (Lambton Lions)

Namink, an 18-year-old student-athlete at Wallaceburg District Secondary School, adds some local flavour to the roster that mainly hails from the Greater Toronto Area and Detroit.

He will be studying business when he arrives on campus in the fall.

“Coach Grant was the first coach to really take an interest in my game,” Namink said.

“I spent time with him and Coach Concisom in the off-season and really began to refine my fundamentals. My shot has improved and I think my ability to shoot the ball will help my transition to the next level.”

Namink is currently averaging 19 points-per-game for the Tartans to go along with eight rebounds and five assists.

He is also the defending LKSSAA MVP in his division.

Namink is the son of Bill and Robin of Wallaceburg.