The Brandon University Bobcats men's basketball team has announced another "big" piece to the puzzle for next season in forward John Paul, a transfer from Tyler Junior College in Texas.

Paul is a 6-foot-11, 265 pound post originally from Saint Lucia but is coming off a season in Tyler where he played for one of the most successful Junior College programs in America. Tyler College has produced numerous NCAA Division 1 players, dozens of players to move on to the pro ranks, as well as stand-out guard Jimmy Butler of the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
Paul hopes to continue the trend of Tyler grads finding success, only he hopes to find it north of the 49th parallel. Bobcats coach Gil Cheung feels Paul can be the inside presence his squad needs.

"We were looking for a physical presence who can protect our rim and clean up the glass, and for that we are lucky to have J.P. join our program," says Bobcats coach Gil Cheung. "Coach Mike Marquis and the staff at Tyler College have done a great job of developing J.P. Their track record for moving student-athletes on to the next level speaks for itself, and for that we are fortunate to land a recruit like J.P."

"He changes ends very well for his size and has a good feel in the post and he has the ability to take over games for stretches. He comes from one of the best junior college programs in America, and we as a staff will continue to help him develop both on and off the court. He's a very passionate and hard-working student-athlete, and I know he is looking forward to this opportunity here at BU," Cheung adds.

Paul was a force in the paint for the Tyler Apaches, but was limited to playing in the second semester of the season last year due to injury. He'll play his third year of eligibility this season after playing one previous season at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.

Moving north will be both an opportunity and challenge for Paul, but he is excited to make his mark both on the court and off.

"I'm looking forward to helping BU win games. I know that it's a great basketball program, and I just want to continue that tradition of excellence that the program has been built on," says Paul.

"Playing college basketball in the US has really developed me as an individual. Having such a great coaching staff at Tyler has been a blessing for me. They instilled great moral values I will carry with me as I continue my career as an athlete. I was blessed to have such good people around me. They helped me reach the decision of committing to Brandon because I knew my coaches wanted the best for me. I've always felt they were putting me in a position to excel because of the confidence they have in me," Paul adds.

Paul is expected to arrive in Brandon in August. He plans to study in Brandon University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

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