Morrissy pursuing education, championship with Holland College

Jason Malloy
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Eamon Morrissy has enjoyed his first season with the Holland College Hurricanes.

When Eamon Morrissy decided to return to the classroom a phone call from a couple of years ago stuck out.

The call was from then Holland College Hurricanes assistant basketball coach Josh Whitty who was interested in bringing Morrissy to Charlottetown. At the time, Morrissy didn't have plans on pursuing his education.

But fast forward to 2013 and Morrissy was reaching out to Whitty.

"I'm up here to get that diploma under my belt," the business administration student said. "I'm blessed with the opportunity to play (basketball). Coach Whitty helped me come up here. To be honest, he's the whole reason why I am here."

After sitting out the first semester, Morrissy joined the Hurricanes on the court in January. The guard has been a key piece on a deep team.

The 24-year-old had played at St. F.X. University and University of King's College before coming to Charlottetown.

He said the coaching staff, teachers and teammates made the transition smooth.

"It's been really fun," he said.

The Halifax native can play either guard position and described his game as a shooter, facilitator and good defender.

"I feel like that is one of our key factors," the 24-year-old said regarding the team's versatility. "(Coach) looks at me to bring in some intensity on the defensive end and the offensive end as well. I am just going to do whatever he needs me to do."

Morrissy went to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) nationals with St. F.X., but has a larger role with the Hurricanes. He knew Holland College was coming off a second-place finish at last year's nationals and knew returning was a possibility.

"It's a reality now, where it was just a thought at first," he said. "It's going to be really exciting."

The nationals start today in British Columbia.

Whitty said Morrissy is a good team player and the ball moves well when he's in the game. As one of a number of new players this season it has taken some time to integrate everybody into a cohesive unit.

"It took a little while to get accustomed to the other guys and vice-versa," Whitty said.

"I think everything has finally clicked."

Organizations: Holland College, F.X. University and University of King's College, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Quest University

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Halifax, British Columbia Squamish

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