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St. Mary basketball star Evan Halyk will be shooting hoops during his post secondary education next year.

St. Mary basketball player Evan Halyk poses for a picture while spinning a basketball on his finger at St. Mary High School on Tuesday afternoon.

St. Mary basketball star Evan Halyk will be shooting hoops during his post secondary education next year.

Halyk has accepted a basketball scholarship to Lloydminster College to play ball for the Rustlers basketball program. He said he had opportunities to other universities and colleges but Lloydminster was where he wanted to go.

“Their coach really impressed me and their guys. I met with some of them and their work ethic is really good and their attitude is just like mine.” Halyk said. “They want to work hard and get better and I think it would be the best fit for me, to make me better.”

Halyk started playing basketball in Grade 6 and never looked back. He says that his favourite basketball player is Steve Nash.

One of the reasons Halyk decided to accept Lloydminster’s offer was because their basketball team is one of the best in the province and they went undefeated in the regular season before losing in the playoffs.

“Their coach really impressed me and their guys. I met with some of them and their work ethic is really good and their attitude is just like mine.” Evan Halyk

Halyk said he wants to help them win a championship next year.

“Obviously they want to win a national championship next season; they lost in the playoffs this year and they want to learn from that. I think I can help them and it would be sick to win a national championship.”

Halyk hopes to play basketball for the Rustlers for two years and then move on to CIS. Halyk was named team MVP for both the 2011 season and 2012 season and most dedicated player for the 2010 season and 2011 season. Halyk is also No. 3 on the top 50 scorers in a single season, in recent team history with 808 points for this year.

Halyk says he loves basketball.

“It’s challenging and physically demanding, it’s like you get to push yourself and challenge yourself everyday. It’s fun because I like pushing the limits.”

Organizations: Lloydminster College

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