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SPORTS

Catching up with Adam Peaker

By James Hayes
Gazette Staff

Katie Millar/Gazette
SWISH - GOTTA LOVE THAT SOUND. Mustangs’ men’s basketball leading scorer Adam Peaker will miss his time in Alumni Hall.

Adam Peaker has seen his fair share of success with the Mustangs’ men’s basketball team, and don’t expect his prowess to stop there.

Peaker is a fourth-year guard for Western and has been the hallmark of the team for several years while balancing schoolwork — an honours business administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, to be exact.

“Adam is a very bright guy,” says coach Craig Boydell. “He combines intelligence and character, which is the formula for success.”

Indeed, Peaker’s busy schedule has tested his character, balancing his healthy academic workload, while at the same time, seldom missing a practice and never missing a game his entire career.

“Time management is definitely the most important thing I can apply from basketball to everyday life,” Peaker says. “It can sometimes be tough to balance school and practice. Teamwork is also important; as with both basketball and the real world, you’re competing both for yourself and for the collective good of the team.”

While the management of his schedule is admirable, when Peaker takes to the court he can impress with his game. This year, he was the leading scorer on Western and second in the Ontario University Athletics’ West Division, averaging 19.9 points per game. In addition, Peaker was the leading rebounder on the team with seven per game, remarkable considering he plays the point guard position. When you factor in his quality shooting and strong decision-making, you have the complete package.

“This team has relied on Adam for virtually everything this year,” Boydell says. “He’s a committed, iron horse type of player who doesn’t take bad shots and rarely makes mistakes.”

Long-time teammate, friend and sole fellow senior Sagar Desai confirms Peaker’s importance. “[Adam’s] toughness is what comes to mind first. He’s an iron-man with a great all-around game. His whole career, he’s been a multi-talented guy with unlimited potential.”

This season, Peaker played his last games as a Mustang, but his ambition doesn’t stop on the hardwood. He plans to work for the summer, and then take a year off to travel to Australia.

“He brings a quiet commitment, a perseverance to everything he does,” Boydell says. “Having the business degree, all the qualities Adam has are key to a business career. I could only anticipate success for him, and I wish him the best.”

Looking back on his basketball career, Peaker has his fair share of fond memories. “Representing Western in Halifax at the [Canadian Interuniversity Sport] tournament in my first and second years was the best experience I’ve had with the team. I’ve also loved the big games we’ve played at [Alumni Hall] — a few huge games against McMaster in particular, when we packed Alumni with lots of fans.”

“He’s one of the smartest guys I know,” Desai says. “Adam’s a perfect captain for our team.”

 

 

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