THUNDER BAY – Coach Ryan Thomson thinks he’s landed an impact player in 6-foot-9 wing Lock Lam.
In a release issued on Wednesday, the interim Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball coach said Lam should play heavily into the team’s future, describing him as a versatile athlete who can guard multiple positions and step in and play an immediate contributing role.
"I am thrilled to announce Lock's commitment to the Thunderwolves family. Lock is a terrific person and a hard worker on and off the court. With his length, athleticism and defensive instincts, the sky is the limit for him. I'm excited to grow alongside with Lock,” Thomson said in a release.
St. Patrick Irish coach Matt Koestag, who guided Lam through his high school playing days, called Lakehead a great fit.
"It is with great excitement that we see Lock Lam choose to attend Lakehead University and follow in the steps of Greg Carter and Anthony McIntosh, two other former St. Patrick's grads who found a home in Thunder Bay as Thunderwolves."
Carter was the two-time CIS defensive player of the year and helped lead LU to a national championship final bid in 2013.
His former coach said Lam can not only play in the post, but also has the ability to step back and hit the three with regularity.
“Lock is a big-time talent that will have an immediate impact in U SPORTS. Over his high school tenure, Lock worked and developed his game over his four years here and became a force to be reckoned with across the province.
“Defensively he can change the course of a game with his length and ability to protect the rim and rebound the ball. We at St. Pat's are very proud of all that Lock has accomplished but know that he is still only scratching the surface of what he is capable of."