Hi Guys if you are feeling discouraged, tired, and wondering if you have what it takes to be a great basketball player check out this story about former Viking alumni Talon Milne. Talon Graduated from NVSS 2009 he was a two time BC team member, 1 time zone MVP and a two time zone allstar. He also lead his Viking team to a Zone Championship and to a fourth place finish in the Provincials where he was awarded a first team Provincial allstar. Upon graduation He signed with Simon Fraser University where he played two seasons before he tore his ACL in back to back seasons. For alot of players a torn ACL is the end of thier playing career, but not for Talon, through hard work and rehabilitation Talon is back playing the game he loves for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.Trully an inspiring storey about one of our very own.
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The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball will be a very experienced crew when it hits the floor for Canada West play in 2013-14.
Head coach Scott Clark has signed his fourth ‘veteran’ player for the upcoming season. He and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 6’8” forward Tallon Milne (Vanderhoof, BC-Nechako Valley Secondary) has committed to the program.
Milne will graduate from Simon Fraser University later this spring with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in active health and rehabilitation. He played three seasons with the Clan (2008-12) and was recruited to Simon Fraser when Clark was coach there.
“TRU is a great option for me to supplement my degree if I move onto a graduate program and the team has the potential to be very good next year,” he says. “I want to be a part of it.”
Milne tore his ACL in January, 2011 and had surgery. He tried to play in September 2011 but tore it again and red shirted in 2011-12. He sat out this past season.
“Tallon wants to be a physiotherapist,” said Clark. “ While he is fulfilling his academic requirement s for that, he will be able to play and fulfill both his academic and athletic needs. We are eager to have him join us.”
Clark describes Milne as a physical rebounder who is very tough.
“He brings a lot to our program,” says the WolfPack coach. “He has played at a high level. He has played for me and knows what I am about. It is great that he is an older guy who can provide some leadership. It is great for us and what he can provide on the court in terms of effort and energy is something that will help us.”
Is the coach worried about Milne’s knee? “Not at all. He has been given medical clearance and has been able to play since December. I am not concerned. Since his last knee surgery, he will have had 13 months to recuperate.”
“I know exactly what to expect from coach Clark,” states Milne, who played for Team BC twice in high school (2005 and 2007 with the U-15 and U-17 provincial team). “My respect for him has only grown as I have gotten to know him over the last few years as more than just a coach.”
At TRU, he will be re united with former teammates Chas Kok (Lynden,WA) and Kevin Pribilsky (Victoria, BC)—both of whom will be assistant coaches in 2013-14. “ I look forward to reuniting with Kev and Chas. Hopefully, they won’t take retirement too seriously so they can still make it onto the practice court every now and then,” he laughs.
Being from a smaller center, Milne knows what is expected of athletes in a city the size of Kamloops. “ I’m not worried about being a role model in the community. I have experience in being a successful one coming from a small town where everyone knows your name. I’ve also represented SFU for five years in the CIS and NCAA (Division II) where
I’ve had experience with many different media outlets. I know what I ‘m getting into and I know I can represent Thompson Rivers University well.”
Tallon becomes the fourth recruit signed by TRU for 2013-14 joining Justin King (Las Vegas, NV), Josh Wolfram (Kamloops, BC) and Reese Pribilsky (Victoria, BC).