Maddy Gobeil signed a contract with US Poinçonnet Basket, a club of the National Women’s League 1 (NF1).
Gobeil joins Tuchscherer as the second active UFV women’s b-ball player to spend the 2020-21 season in Europe.
Tuchscherer joined ZTE NKK in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary last month.
Like Tuchscherer, Gobeil felt that with the uncertainty surrounding the status of Canada’s college sports season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, seizing the opportunity to expand overseas was his best option. Her remaining four years of eligibility will be intact when she returns to UFV in 2021, and in the meantime, she will be able to continue her kinesiology studies online.
“I’m delighted to be able to compete at a high level against older, more experienced women,” said the second Kamloops goaltender. “I can’t wait to learn from my teammates and other players in the league and then bring it back to my team at UFV next fall.”
Gobeil was one of Canada West’s best rookies last season, averaging 8.8 points per game, well for the team’s third place as the Cascades were 16-4 in conference. His campaign saw a number of impressive outbursts – a season-high 19 points (including four three-pointers) against Winnipeg on November 2, and a team-high 16 points in a playoff loss. playoffs against Alberta on February 20. .
Gobeil has had a highly decorated preparation career, leading the Kamloops South Titans to back-to-back BC AA titles in high schools in 2018 and 2019, earning tournament MVP honors on both occasions.
Gobeil and Tuchscherer aren’t the only Cascades playing professionally this fall. Second sophomore Lauryn Walker, unable to return to Canada from her native Australia amid the pandemic, was a member of the Norths Bears of the Waratah League. Taylor Claggett, a recent graduate, launched her professional career with the Maree Basketball Club in Ireland.
“I think we’ve found a great situation for Maddy,” said Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer. “She’s going to be challenged every day in training, and after watching a few US Poinçonnet Basket games, she’s going to learn a lot. This team has a very good and experienced playmaker, and I’m delighted that Maddy takes on her every day.
“I think every U SPORTS team is trying to find a way to challenge their athletes in 2020-21. Our approach has been to support our players who want to find a challenge like this – Maddy is our third after Lauryn and Deanna. In turn, that really opens the door for some of our other athletes to play and to be trained hard, and really puts everyone in a position to grow. We are really excited to bring everyone together this spring and see the growth of our team.
Playing professionally abroad is a pleasure for Gobeil in more ways than one – she has always dreamed of traveling to France (especially Paris), and this will be her first opportunity to do so.
“When I was a kid my room had a Parisian theme,” she says with a chuckle. “I had a sign that said Paris, a landscape photo of the city, a photo of the Eiffel Tower. It’s such a beautiful city, and I think that’s what caught my attention as a kid.
With his club based in Poinçonnet, about 300 kilometers south of Paris, Gobeil could finally have the chance to see the City of Light in person.
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