From a Royal to a Cougar

Sidney Platt

Three Hills’ own Sidney Platt will soon be back on the basketball court, this time in a darker shade of blue. Platt, who has played for the Three Hills Royals, has been offered a basketball scholarship to play in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports league (CIS) for Mount Royal University (MRU), in Calgary, and will be joining the school in the fall.

While other schools also showed interest in him, Mount Royal has been pursuing Platt for much of the season, coming to watch his games and inviting him to Calgary to work out with the team.

At 6’2” in shoes Platt will be a point-guard or shooting guard for the Cougars, taking the Business Administration program at MRU. He is “excited to meet a lot of new people and play high level basketball.”

Sidney has been playing basketball since he was in Grade Seven, but only started taking it quite seriously in Grade 10. He cites winning zones back-to-back as his biggest moment in basketball so far and credits his high-school coach Darryl Viste for teaching him to play “with the team” to make everyone on the court better; a trait Platt calls an underrated yet very important part of the game.

He looks to NBA players Russel Westbrook and Steve Nash for his own game, as combining their styles would give him athleticism with point guard elements, making him a very successful player.

Platt looks forward to his time at MRU as it will “help me grow as an athlete at a faster pace, [and will be a] good learning experience growing up and meeting new people.”