Gryphon Talbot will go from being a Grizzly to a Bronco when he suits up for the Olds College men's basketball team. The Grade 12 student and NPSS senior boys basketball player signed to play for the college last week.
"I'm very excited about signing with Olds. I've been talking to the new head coach over there and the fast pace style of play they're going to run makes me a perfect fit," Talbot said.
At six feet, and 165 pounds, Talbot is a lean shooting guard, with an excellent three-point shot and great court vision that helps his playmaking. He was named the senior team's rookie of the year for the 2019-20 season, where he started every game as the youngest player on the team.
A year later, he's the oldest player on the team, and hasn't played a game, as school sports are restricted to practice only. The team came a game short of making the provincials last season, and Talbot was hoping to right that wrong this season.
"This season has been rough. It's unfortunate I couldn't get a second chance to make provincials, we would've had a solid team this year, but at least we get to practice. I try not to dwell on it and rather am focusing on my future with Olds," said Talbot.
Though he didn't get a chance to show college teams what he could do this year, that didn't stop him from making sure he moved on to the next level.
"I've just been sending game film out ever since Grade 11, to any college I could, to anyone I could find. Olds got back to me and liked the way I played, and gave me an offer on the spot," Talbot said.
"I'll also be the youngest player on the team which gives me the privilege of learning from more experienced guys. I've been training hard for this since the seventh grade and I can't wait to start my career with the Broncos."
NPSS head coach Ryan Galay was excited with the announcement.
"I think it's pretty cool. That's two of our guys now that have signed with college teams the past two years, after Liam Peterson went to Grande Prairie Regional College this year. They'll get to play each other and I can't wait to watch."
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