May 23, 2019 – The key signings continue for Kodiaks men’s basketball head coach Ryan Heggie, as he has announced the commitment of Magrath native Tim McMahon to his roster for 2019-20.
The signing solves one of the Kodiaks major off-season questions, which was filling the gap left at point guard created by the graduation of ACAC first team all-star Michael Clemons.
The departure of Clemons leaves very large shoes to fill. After all, he set the ACAC all-time assists and steals records during his time with the Kodiaks. But McMahon’s dynamic skillset and scoring ability has Heggie feeling confident he’s found the right replacement.
“We are extremely excited to add Tim. It’s been several months of recruiting in the making,” says Heggie.
“This signing immediately solves some of the questions created by Clemons leaving. Tim is a point guard who will make his teammates better but can also put the ball in the bucket.”
As a senior at Magrath High School, McMahon averaged 25 points, eight assists and five steals per game. He led his team to a fourth-place finish at 4A provincials in 2015.
Faced with a new challenge, McMahon is simply excited to get on the floor and compete.
“I am undersized point guard so for me it’s important to compete every time I step on the basketball court,” says McMahon. “I think something I bring to the game is intensity both offensively and defensively, which enable those around me to increase theirs as well.”
Heggie is excited to see his new recruit fit into the Kodiaks system, especially on defence.
“Tim plays with speed and skill on both ends of the floor and has a very high compete level. He will fit right into our style on both ends.”
Idolizing the Kodiaks
Growing up in the basketball hotbed of Magrath, McMahon says that Kodiaks basketball players were among his childhood role models. Now, he gets to play for a program he grew up idolizing.
“As a kid I would attend the Kodiak camps in the summer, and watch the team play during their season,” says McMahon. “Some of the players were role models of mine. They had a great influence on me and are some of the biggest reasons why I have been wanting to come and play here.”
Once classes beging this fall, McMahon will enrol in the college's Business Administration program.
The Kodiaks are looking to rebound after a rare season without an ACAC playoff appearance. They will begin training camp in September before kicking off their conference campaign in mid-October.
McMahon can’t wait to get started.
“The Kodiaks have a great coach, and a team full of great guys. I'm looking forward to coming together with these guys and help the team be the best we can be.”