Anmol Mattu will be heading east of the Rockies to continue her basketball career next fall.
A day after leading the B.C. "AAA" Girls Basketball Championships in scoring, the dynamic Steveston-London Sharks Grade 12 point guard announced she has committed to the University of Calgary Dinosaurs. Her decision culminates an extensive process that began last September when Mattu began to narrow down her potential post-secondary destinations. The fact Calgary is part of the Canada West Conference and will make at least four visits to the West Coast next season won over Montreal's McGill University.
"It's just a real good fit for me," said Mattu. "I'm so close to my family and it was tough at first realizing my best opportunities would be outside of B.C. Calgary being not far from to home definitely factored into my decision, especially the number of times I will be playing out here."
Mattu was given a tour of the school in January by Jessica Franz and Megan Schaufele, a pair of fifth-year seniors from B.C. who she got to know during her days as a youngster with the DRIVE Basketball Academy.
Under first year coach Damian Jennings, the Dinos have enjoyed a dominant season and will be competing at this weekend's CIS National Championships in Regina.
"It didn't take me long to realize it was the right place for me to be," continued Mattu.
A rare five-year starter for the Sharks, Mattu concluded her high school career by helping Steveston-London become the first Richmond team since the 2001 McRoberts Strikers to qualify for the provincial championships at the elite "AAA" level.
"We came so far in the past couple of months," she added. "We were more like a family than a basketball team. I'm going to miss everyone." Anmol Mattu