Absence of Fahandeg Could Mean Major Minutes for Rookie Roth

The loss of wing player Ryan Fahandeg to UFV at the end of this season served as a major blow to the UBC O Heat men's team. The First Team Provincial All-Star was the league's fifth-leading scorer with an impressive 16.8 PPG, with a jump-shot that could be downright lethal. However, Coach Darren Semeniuk isn't losing any sleep over this, as he has ready replacement for Fahandeg in the form of Mack Roth. If the name sounds familiar, it's because his older brother Alex played point for UBC O last season, and that Mack has also practiced with the Heat in the past year.

Mack put up impressive numbers for Terry Fox Secondary last year, averaging 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game while guiding his team to fifth place in the Triple ‘A' Provincials. His contributions led to a First Team Fraser Valley All-Star, as well as Second Team Provincial All-star nomination, making him one of the top two players at his position in all of B.C. Roth also gets the job done in the classroom as well, finishing his high school career with a 3.5 GPA and 80% average.

Coach Semeniuk had a lot to say about the prospect of coaching such a high-calibre player:

"I am very excited to have Mack join our program for the upcoming season. My assistants and I all agree that Mack may have been overlooked by current CIS programs. We are expecting Mack to come in and be an impact player in his first season, however, it is his long-term potential that is most intriguing. Mack has a very high skill set, and I am expecting him to play somewhere between 30-35 minutes a game in his rookie year. His basketball IQ is extremely high, and I fully expect him to make excellent basketball decisions for us. His father is an ex-CIS basketball coach, and it is evident in Mack's play that he possesses the characteristics of a player that will allow him to make the transition to the CIS level when that time comes."

Roth decided to come to UBC O despite being recruited by the CIS, because of family ties and the Heat's bright future:

"I chose UBC O because I like the way Darren coaches, the style of play, his demeanor etc. I get an opportunity to play with my brother (and) I know and like most of the guys on the team already. We're going (to) CIS in 2011 and I'm looking forward to play on the first CIS team UBC O has."

Roth will be entering the Bachelor of Arts program this Fall.

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