VANCOUVER – Hailey Counsell, a member of Basketball BC's Under-17 provincial team, will be joining the UBC Thunderbirds women's program next season.A 5-foot-10 guard from Port Moody, B.C., the Grade 12 student at Heritage Woods Secondary School is the second player from the provincial squad signed by UBC head coach Deb Huband for the 2018-19 campaign, joining Tanis Metcalfe of North Vancouver."There are so many qualities that make UBC and the Thunderbirds the right choice," said Counsell. "UBC is a top school in Canada for both academics and athletics. At the Canada Summer Games, I got the chance to work with some of the UBC coaches, the entire staff is excellent. UBC is close to home, so my family will get to see me play in person as well."
Counsell has been a part of Basketball BC's Under-17 Provincial Team for the past two years. She also played for Basketball BC at the Under-14 and Under-15 levels.This past summer as part of the U-17 side led by UBC assistant coach Carrie Watts, Counsell played at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. She averaged 11.3 points a game over six contests, leading the lineup in scoring three times."Hailey is great fit for UBC and our basketball program as she strives to excel academically and athletically," remarked Huband. "She is a dynamic athlete and multi-dimensional player, who can impact a game both offensively and defensively. Hailey is a key piece in the future success of UBC basketball and we are thrilled that she chose to attend UBC and become a Thunderbird. We are excited to announce Hailey's commitment and to welcome Hailey and her family to the program."
Counsell has just started her final season of high school basketball with the Heritage Woods Kodiaks, coached by former UBC men's assistant Ross Tomlinson. Last season, Counsell was named to the second all-star team at the Fraser Valley 'AAA' Girls Basketball Championship tournament.