A cool breeze from the north will be blowing down over the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and into picturesque Malibu, California. This fall, Willie Gallick will be enrolling at Pepperdine University, bringing with him the hoops skills that have made him one of our country’s best young ballerz.
The 6-7 power forward – and we mean POWER – lead his Cedar High school team to the 2005 AA BC Provincial Championships while posting some ridiculous stats, 39.1 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists including a big 59 point performance against Lambrick Park in the Island finals.
The small-town boy with the big-time game combines a bruiser’s mentality with a level of athleticism that is rarely seen in someone his size. From the ferocious rebounds to the ridiculous put-back jams, Willie plays the same way he practices… Hard.
The 1st Team All BC Selection was contacted by a myriad of teams from across the border, including heavyweights like the University of Michigan and Utah. However, he chose Pepperdine because, “The team is really what it came down to between the schools. The guys were just awesome, they are such a tight knit group of individuals.”
Pepperdine Assistant Coach Patrick Whitlock said, “After watching him play in person I was most impressed by his work ethic and competitiveness. He goes after everything and plays each second like it is his last.”
Gallick won’t be the only player waving the Canadian hoops banner at Pepperdine. He’ll be joining Russell Hicks, a sophomore centre from Westlane in Niagara Falls, as well as Kingsley Costain, a sophomore guard from Toronto’s Eastern Commerce.
The West Coast Conference should be on notice. Big Willie is coming. Be afraid.