The UPEI Panthers men's basketball team has added point guard Kyle Rotterman for next season.
The six-foot-one Burlington, Ont., native played with the first division Burlington Force in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit. He led the seventh-seeded Force to the under-19 silver medal in the division one season-ending tournament.
"He's a very heady, tough-minded, competitive guard," Panthers head coach Tim Kendrick said. "He is a very hard-working player, with solid skills and a high basketball IQ."
The Force is the same club team current Panther forward Hugh McLarty played for.
Rotterman graduated from Nelson High School in 2015 and started the year in Thunder Bay, Ont., with Lakehead University. He left, Kendrick said, due to the roughly 20 players on the roster.
"From Day 1, talking to coach Kendrick, I knew this was the best fit for me," Rotterman said.
"Coach Kendrick is a very passionate and reliable coach who runs one of the best programs in the (Canadian Interuniversity Sport). It was truly a blessing and exciting moment when he told me they wanted me to be a Panther."
The Panthers finished second in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) regular season and playoffs this season.
It can return its entire roster, but Kendrick said some players would not be back. He said one guy is expected to graduate at Christmas while others may choose a different avenue.
The Panthers are awaiting word on Lorenzo Parker's MRI after being injured in the AUS final.
Kendrick said it is also planning for the 2017-18 season with seven of this year's roster entering the final year of eligibility.
Kendrick sees potential in Rotterman playing together with AUS all-rookie team point guard Amin Suleman.
"I think you're looking at a real strong backcourt for years to come," he said.