Graduating WolfPack players share their future plans before saying their goodbyes
With their seasons soon coming to a close, the end will come as bittersweet for fifth-year WolfPack players who will say their goodbyes and move on to the next chapter in their lives.
Brett Rouault came to TRU in 2010 after graduating from high school in Vernon. He found himself immediately in a starting guard position – a challenge he enjoyed and rose to meet. Rouault has seen the team improve immensely over his five years at TRU. He played in the ‘Pack’s first ever post-season in 2013-14 and has led scoring in multiple games this season. He is currently averaging 14 points-per-game.
“Next year, I’m going to be working in the Kamloops area and working on my resumé. I’ll go to med school the year after,” Rouault said. “I was thinking of being a surgeon.”
“It’s kind of scary. I’ve been here for so long, I got used to the system. But I’m excited for the next chapter in my life.”
Rouault plans to keep playing basketball recreationally and return to Kamloops after medical school. He hopes to one day become a part-time coach and give back to the community.
“We have a bunch of freshmen here that will be able to carry the torch next year, I’m sure,” Rouault said. “Thanks to everyone in the program for a great five years.”
Forward Tallon Milne and guard Brett Parker will also complete their eligibilities and part ways with the WolfPack this year.
Casey Knight came to TRU in 2010 after graduating high school on Salt Spring Island. Knight, an outside hitter, has struggled with injuries during his time with the ‘Pack but recovered enough to make the last season his strongest yet. On Jan. 23, Knight had 14 kills in 28 swings, helping his team to victory over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars. Head coach Pat Hennelly has called his gameplay “dangerous” multiple times.
“The hope is to go over to Europe and try to play pro,” Knight said. “There’s just way more options over there.”
Knight got engaged over the winter break and will be getting married later in the year. He said he’d return to Kamloops after he has finished playing professionally in Europe.
“It’s kind of a weird feeling knowing that next year I’m not coming back and playing,” he said
Men’s volleyball will also say goodbye to fifth-year players Stuart Richey,
Blake Majcher and team captain Matt Krueger. There are no fifth-year players leaving the women’s volleyball team.
Jorri Duxbury joined the ‘Pack in 2010 after graduating high school in Salmon Arm. Duxbury has been a power player since she gained a starting position as a guard with the ‘Pack. Duxbury, a team captain, helped make history this season when the ‘Pack scored over 100 points two nights in a row against the UBC Okanagan Heat. Duxbury has often been at the top of the league for most steals throughout the season. On Jan. 23, Duxbury scored 19 points against the visiting MacEwan Griffins.
The ‘Pack sits at the top of the league with a 10- game winning streak, making it likely that Duxbury will get to play in the post-season during her last weeks with the team.
Duxbury will graduate with a bachelor of science degree with a major in physics. She is torn between heading straight into grad school or moving to Europe to play professionally.
“It’s really sad because I’m such good friends with the girls on the team, and it’s a nice support system to have behind you all the time,” Duxbury said. “Confidence-wise and leadership-wise there has been a lot of growing in five years.”
“Sarah [Malate] is our fourth-year point guard and Emma [Piggin] is our first-year guard who definitely has potential to be a starting point guard as well,” Duxbury said.
Duxbury said basketball will always be in her life.
“I love it, so if I’m not playing I’d probably be coaching. Thanks to TRU and the program, it’s been an amazing five years and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”
Duxbury is the only women’s basketball player leaving the WolfPack this year.
Basketball will play three more weekends and volleyball will play one more weekend before the season ends and post-season begins.