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Brandon Bonneau is the lone player from outside of Saskatoon and Regina to make the provincial under-15 boy's basketball team and with that comes a busy summer schedule. Bonneau and his new teammates will be in Regina this weekend for a tri-province tournament before they head to Las Vegas next week for an international event. Team Saskatchewan will use these games to prepare for the national under-15 championship which is scheduled for St. John's, Newfoundland/Labrador, at the end of July.
The odds are certainly on Brandon Bonneau’s side that this summer will be one to remember.
The 14-year-old St. Mary student was recently named to the provincial under-15 boy’s basketball team and one of the first places he gets to go to show off his skills is Las Vegas.
“Now that I’m there, I didn’t think I would actually make the team,” says Bonneau. “I guess I’m surprised by the success.”
It shouldn’t be that big of a surprise that he made the squad as he was on the gold-medal Lakeland team that captured the gold medal at the Saskatchewan Summer Games last year in Meadow Lake and this spring he was a member of the provincial high school champion St. Mary Marauders.
Since the high school season ended he has been very busy on the court playing on a club team at several events in addition to going with the provincial squad to an under-17 tournament in Edmonton where they finished third.
This weekend he will be in Regina for a tri-province event before leaving on a 27-hour bus trip for Las Vegas for an international event next week. A short stay at home will follow before the provincial squad heads to St. John’s Newfoundland/Labrador for the national under-15 championships.
The 6-foot-2 power forward, who is the lone player on the team not from Saskatoon or Regina, says all of the work this spring will certainly help him in the future.
“We will be playing harder teams because it is in the U.S.,” says Bonneau of the trip to Las Vegas. “They are going to be tougher and we are going to have to play tough.”
In addition to being gifted with the ball, Bonneau is also a leader off the court and that trait has been recognized as he has been named a co-captain on the provincial squad despite never having played at this level before.
“I like to motivate our team,” admits Bonneau.
Criss-crossing the continent to play the game he loves is exciting and Bonneau knows the experience will be one he remembers for a long time. He will also be game ready when the high school season starts again in the fall and he wants nothing more than to win another provincial championship, this time playing a bigger role on that team too.