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Pictured: Athletics Coordinator Mark Couch, Manager of Athletics Melanie Gerin-Lajoie, Alex Petronis, Men's Basketball Head Coach Jonathan Smith.

Fresh off a national championship appearance, George Brown’s Men’s Basketball program is pleased to announce the addition of 6’5” swingman Alex Petronis for the 2017-18 season. 

Petronis arrives at George Brown after a year at Dalhousie University, where he shot 36.8% from beyond the arc for the AUS (Atlantic University Sport) champion Tigers. 

“We feel as though Alex is going to be a great addition to the program,” said Manager of Athletics Melanie Gerin-Lajoie. “Adding a player with his combination of size and versatility is exciting.” 

“Alex is a highly skilled player with a great mind for the game,” said Head Coach Jonathan Smith. “Being able to attract a player of his caliber is a big step in the right direction.” 

For Petronis, the Huskies fast paced, free flowing offence was a major selling point. “Coach Smith made my decision an easy one,” said the Toronto native. “As a player, he’s exactly the type of coach you want to play for. I’ve heard a lot of great things about him from previous coaches of mine and others in the basketball community.” 

The Huskies are looking to build on a 19-1 regular season that saw them win an OCAA silver medal in an epic gold medal game. In 2016-17 George Brown ranked first in the province in total points, opponents field goal percentage and opponents three-point percentage. The athletic Petronis figures to buoy the Huskies across the board on both ends of the court. 

“Alex brings a great intensity to the game, one that we hope transfers to our younger guys,” said Smith. “His ability to attack the rim is second to none and we’re expecting big things this upcoming year.”​ 

Petronis played his high school basketball at Central Toronto Academy, and is enrolled in the Building Renovation program. He has his sights clearly set on what his goal is with the Huskies.

“I’m here to compete for a national championship.”