Born in Toronto, Canada, Mike is a professional basketball player that has playing experience all over the world. A dual citizen Mike has represented Canada with the Canadian Men’s Developmental team and also has 4 Caps as an England International.
He is currently the Captain of the Sheffield Sharks in Sheffield, England, that compete in the top league in the UK - the BBL (British Basketball League). Mike is a Power Forward and has helped bring 4 Championships to the club, the most recent the 2016 BBL Playoff Final where he took home MVP honours.
Mike began playing basketball at the age of 10 after his father had taken him to see a Harlem Globetrotters game.
A naturally gifted athlete from a young age and always the tallest kid in his class, Mike participated in many sports growing up including - track and field, football (soccer), and volleyball but eventually concentrated all his efforts towards basketball.
“I was always the tallest kid in my class, my Dad quickly realised this and put a basketball in my hands. The rest is history.”
His family eventually settled in Markham, ON where Mike would end up attending Markham District High School (MDHS) and be coached by George Kraus. It's here that Mike began making a name for himself, helping transform the programme into a powerhouse team in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), winning the region, multiple tournaments, and MVP awards through his high school career.
Mike went on to play one year of prep school at Maine Central Institute (MCI), located in Pittsfield, Maine. The Huskies competed in the New England Prep School League (NEPSAC), considered to be the most competitive high school league in the country.
“Playing pro, seeing the world, winning championships, has all been great but I still think that being offered a full athletic scholarship is one of my greatest achievements.”
From MCI, Mike, was offered a full athletic scholarship to Loyola University Maryland, an NCAA Division 1 School located in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s here he would meet and be coached by the energetic, Coach Jimmy Patsos.
After sustaining a major ankle injury his junior year, Mike returned to the court coming off the bench. He would finish the season being honoured by the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athlete Conference) with the 6th Man of the Year Award. In his senior year, Mike, was named Co-Captain, helped lead the team to their best ever record since Loyola had reclassified to Division 1, was awarded the Unsung Hero Award at the Athletic Banquet, and was named to the MAAC All-League Third Team.
Upon graduation Mike made the decision to turn professional, that Summer he was contacted by his hometown NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, to take part in a Pre-Draft workout. It was at this workout Mike was spotted by the then Team Canada Head Coach and Canadian basketball legend - Leo Rautins. Rautins offered Mike a place on Team Canada’s Developmental Squad and he would play with them for the next two summers.
Mike then headed to Europe to begin his pro career. He has had stints in Cyprus with Apoel Nicosia and Etha Engomis Nicosia, Luxembourg with Amicale Steinsel, France with ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne, and finally in the United Kingdom with the Sheffield Sharks, where he has been since 2009.
Because of he is a dual passport holder (Canadian/British), Mike has had the opportunity to become an English International and has represented England on 4 different occasions.
“All these years later I have so many good memories. I’ve been through so much – won a few Championships – the Sharks have been such a huge part of my life.”
Mike was named Captain of the Sharks in 2012 and has gone on to play in 200+ league games, whilst amassing 3,000+ points. He has helped bring 4 Championships to the club - 2010 BBL Cup, 2011 BBL Cup, 2013 BBL Trophy, 2016 BBL Playoff Final. Mike was named MVP of the 2016 BBL Playoff Final which was played at the O2 Arena in London and was televised LIVE on BBC.
As well as being Captain of the Sharks, Mike is also Marketing Executive to a well known South Yorkshire law firm - Wosskow Brown Solicitors since 2015.
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