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DAVIS, Calif. - Damion Squire, a six-foot point guard from Montreal, Quebec, is the newest member of UC Davis basketball after signing a National Letter of Intent on Thursday, as announced by head coach Jim Les.
“The coaches were genuine, I feel my skills fit the system well, and I really appreciated the family atmosphere. I was impressed by how high the energy was during my official visit and practice, everyone wanted the best for one another. This was the best fit for me,” said Squire.
With this signing, Squire became the first member of his family to attend college and compete at the Division I level.
“Damion is a winner,” said head coach Jim Les. “He has all the characteristics attributable to a good point guard. He is athletic, a tireless worker, an excellent defender, can create opportunities and make others around him better. He is also an accomplished shooter and finisher around the basket. He is a perfect fit for our program."
In his second season as the team’s starting point guard, Squire led Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) to a 23-5 overall record and an appearance at the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals — an exclusive event featuring the nation’s top-ranked programs.
Known throughout Utah for his well-rounded skill set, court vision, agility and athleticism, Squire chose UC Davis for its world-class academic programs and nationally respected men’s basketball program.
“The campus environment was something that impressed me. I immediately noticed all the students biking around campus, which made it feel like one big community. The campus is a perfect size, the weather is great, everyone seemed genuinely happy to be at UC Davis,” Squire added.
Squire is no stranger to Division I basketball; in addition to competing with, and against, numerous players who continued their athletic career at that level, his high school coach, Curtis Condie, also led a D-I program before continuing his career at Wasatch Academy.
In each of the last two years, he represented Team Quebec in the Canada Games and led his team to a berth in the semifinals and national finals. For his attention-grabbing performances on this stage, he earned First Team All-Star accolades and an invitation to participate in Team Canada’s Youth National Camp.
Impressed by his playmaking abilities, Team Canada's coaching staff asked him to return this spring to compete for a coveted spot on the National team.
UC Davis, a 2017 NCAA Tournament participant and reigning Big West Conference Tournament champions, will open the 2017-18 season on Nov. 13 at Northern Colorado — the first of a season-opening five-game road swing. Also included in this block of action is another Causeway Cup game against Sacramento State, which will take place on Nov. 21 inside the Golden 1 Center.
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