The Lakehead Thunderwolves Women’s Basketball has announced that 5’10” Forward Emily Pokrant of Winnipeg, Manitoba has committed to its program for the upcoming Canadian university season. Emily played her high school basketball for the River East Kodiaks and club basketball with the Winnipeg Wolves.  She excels with her academics, currently averaging 99% in her grade 12 year and has been accepted into the Science One program at Lakehead University.

“I couldn’t be happier to welcome Emily Pokrant to the Thunderwolves Family,” says Thunderwolves WBB Coach Jon Kreiner.  “Emily is exactly what we need. Her ability to move without the ball will be a huge asset to our team. Positioning herself to finish or get the offensive rebound is an art and Emily has perfected it. Emily also possesses an uncanny ability to find the open player and is a very good passer. I really feel that Emily’s abilities will grow as she competes and develops at the next level with great players around her and Emily Pokrant has the right attitude to excel at her role.”

Eager to apply her skills both on and off the court, Emily shares that she’s “very excited for the academic and athletic opportunities available at Lakehead. I felt that Coach Jon Kreiner recognized my strengths and I’m looking forward to improving my skill set in the coming years!  I want to thank my family, my teammates, and all of my coaches for the support they have given me over the years. I would not be the player I am today without them.”

Emily’s work ethic and vision for the game are strongly commended from her past coaches and further backed up by her stats.  Akida Lewis notes that “Emily is the kid that will be in the gym before practice working and doing extra reps during water break – she is relentless and truly puts her all into every practice and game.”  Christina Posthumus adds what is “”Most impressive about Emily is her ability to be in the right spot at the right time; she is a tremendous offensive rebounder, has excellent timing on cuts to the paint, and positions herself well on defense to run lanes and get steals.” During her varsity career, Emily has averaged 35 minutes, 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.

Career Highlights

  • River East Collegiate, 2017 – 2020
  • Varsity basketball, starter grade 10 and 11
  • Multiple KPAC Conference finals
  • Manitoba Provincial AAAA Final Four, 2019
  • Athlete of the year, 2020
  • Multi sport athlete (cross country, field hockey, badminton, ultimate frisbee)
  • Winnipeg Wolves Club, 2016 -2021
  • 2018-2019 Manitoba Provincial Champions
  • Peg City League Champions 2018, 2019
  • Team Manitoba 2019
  • Bronze medal at Western Canada Summer Games, 2019
  • Filipino Basketball Association of North America, Team Winnipeg, 2019
  • FBANA Championships, Chicago, 2019, silver medal


2019 TEAM MANITOBA BIOGRAPHY

TEAM
16U Female
POSITION
Forward
FIRST NAME
Emily
LAST NAME
Pokrant
CITY/TOWN
Winnipeg
YEARS IN BASKETBALL
11 years
SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING
River East Collegiate
SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL
River East Collegiate
BASKETBALL CLUB NAME
Winnipeg Wolves
FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM
The Toronto Raptors
SUMMER GOALS
To improve my ball handling and overall skills and to become more confident in myself and my game
BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS
I would like to play university or college basketball
FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL
Winning a club provincial championship, making it to MHSAA Varsity final four with the school team and meeting a lot of really good friends through basketball.
BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE
All my past coaches, especially my dad
AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
I would like to attend university and continue to play basketball
WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER
I would like to coach and support younger girls who want to play basketball

Action Photo provided by AlexD Photography

Source: http://thunderwolves.ca/lakehead-university-womens-basketball-announces-second-recruit-for-2021-22-season/

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