Catching up with Adam
By James Hayes
- 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
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.”