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NWC’s Bains to play D-1 ball in Wisconsin

Sukhjot Bains, a 6’ 6” sophomore at Northwest College, led the Trappers in both points and rebounds during the 2016-17 season. Sukhjot Bains, a 6’ 6” sophomore at Northwest College, led the Trappers in both points and rebounds during the 2016-17 season. Tribune file photo Carla Wensky

Sukhjot Bains, who played on the Northwest College men’s basketball team for the last two years, will continue his career on the basketball court with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a NCAA Division I school.

Bains recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Green Bay Phoenix.

“When I went up there for a visit, the coach really stressed the fact that they play up-tempo and really fast, and that’s kind of what we did here at times, so I felt really comfortable playing in their offense and that was a really big factor to why I committed, ’cause of the way they play,” Bain explained of his decision.

The British Columbia, Canada, native will be majoring in kinesiology, with plans of pursuing a career in athletic rehab and athletic training.

In basketball, Bains’ goal is to “try to go as far as I can — pro, NBA, however far my career takes me, I’m willing to go.”

Bains appreciated his time in Powell and at NWC.

“I like Northwest, because — I mean it is a small town, but because it is a small town there really isn’t that much to do and you can really focus on basketball,” he said. “And I thought that could be really successful for me, just to focus on basketball and keep distractions away.”

NWC head basketball coach Brian Erickson said he’s proud of Bains.

“He’s put a lot of time in to get to where he is now,” Erickson said. “It’s been his dream to play Division I basketball and [I’m] pretty proud of him accomplishing that and graduating this spring.”

Bains said he had “a really great experience” playing for the Trappers over the past two seasons.

“I mean, both years we got eliminated pretty early and that’s something that [I] feel pretty bad about, but overall, I think I had a really good experience here,” he said. “I had a good career. I made a lot of relationships I’ll probably remember for the rest of my life.”

Bains led the team in both points and rebounds last season — averaging 13.4 points and eight rebounds per game.

He thanked his teammates for trusting him with the basketball on the court, coach Erickson for “everything he’s done” and all of his teachers for helping him graduate.

Sukhjot Bains is pictured with teammates after signing his letter of intent to play for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Photo courtesy Shaun Pohlman, NWC Sports Information Specialists

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