HALIFAX, N.S. — Home is where the heart is.
Like most young basketball players in North America, Canadian guard Nevell Provo had the dream of playing collegiate basketball in the NCAA. In order to play at the top collegiate level, education is a priority. Thanks to his grades, Provo was able to realize his dream and play in the NCAA.
The native of North Preston, Nova Scotia received several offers from schools all over the NCAA, but opted to play for the Loyola (MD) Greyhounds in Baltimore. The business school at Loyola (MD) made the decision easier for Provo, as he wants to enter the field of finance upon the completion of his degree and open his own financial firm down the road.
After three years in the NCAA, Provo will complete his degree at another institution. This one is much, much closer to home for the Canadian.
Provo committed to the Saint Mary’s University Huskies for his senior season, returning to his home province of Nova Scotia in the process.
Saint Mary’s University is located in Halifax, which is just 30 minutes from Provo’s hometown.
Over his three years with the Greyhounds, Provo was used sparingly in each season. He never averaged more than 1.4 points and 9.2 minutes per game, both of which he achieved in 2016-17 as a sophomore. He recorded a career-best 30 points during his sophomore season, while dishing out 22 assists as a freshman in 2015-16.
Provo’s best game of his collegiate career came during the 2016-17 season. In an 81-66 win over the Fairfield Stags on November 23rd, 2016, Provo went for a career-high 10 points in 24 minutes of court time. Provo recorded two assists, two steals, and one rebound, while shooting 50% (3-of-6) from the floor.
It was Provo’s lone game in the NCAA with double-digit points.
In Provo, the Huskies get a local product who will be a veteran for the program as they look to bounce back from a quarter-final exit in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Tournament. Saint Mary’s fell to the Memorial Sea-Hawks on a last-second jumper from Davion Parnsalu.
In an article published by CBC back on January 28th, 2017, Provo mentions that he loved to work with local kids in the community whenever he was back visiting from Loyola (MD). Now that he’s back in the community on a full-time basis, expect the senior guard to continue serving as a positive role model for young athletes in and around Halifax.
At Saint Mary’s, Provo will join a roster that features the reigning USports and AUS Rookie of the Year, Nikita Kasongo. In his first year with the Huskies, Kasongo finished second on the team and fifth in the AUS Conference in scoring, averaging 18.9 points per game. He started all 20 games for the Huskies over the course of the season, and will form a nice one-two punch on the back end with Provo.
The Huskies only had one fifth-year player on their roster last season, so the bulk of the roster should be back for another shot at the AUS title in 2018-19.
Provo and the Saint Mary’s Huskies open the 2018-19 regular season on November 1st at home against the Acadia Axemen.
– T. Bennett