Courtesy: Providence Sports Information
A family and friends connection has brought a talented guard from Montreal, Quebec to Great Falls, Montana to sign with University of Providence basketball. Jean-Frederic “JF” Daho, the brother of Argo senior Steven Daho-Clark and protégé of Daho family-friend Quesley-Marie Noresias signed his official letter of intent with UP during his official visit to campus.
“I honestly didn’t think my first out-of-state signing was going to be from Montreal, Quebec, but he came in and played last night with us and did everything,” UP Head Coach Steve Keller said. “He can score the ball, he can pass the ball, he can shoot the ball, and he can guard. Just seeing the things he can do in the gym, and how he carries himself, he’s an outstanding young man.”
Daho graduated from Dorval-Jean-XXIII in 2016 after leading the program to three straight state championships. During his senior year, he averaged 28 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field.
During that time, and while he got ready to play ball in prep school Daho got some help from Noresias, a high school teammate of JF Daho’s older brother, Steven Daho-Clark. While Daho-Clark was playing in Great Falls, Noresias was still at home and began training his friend’s younger brother.
“He was watching my games, and we were going over times after my games and he would tell me what to do and what not to do. We were also training together before I went to prep school,” Daho said. “He’s really the one that brought me here, so I’m very grateful that Q is in my life.”
In prep school at Vanier College, Daho averaged 15 ppg while leading the team to a 12-4 record and the league semifinals. After such a successful year, he had a lot of schools asking about him, but thanks to some solid recruiting by Noresias and Daho-Clark he chose the University of Providence.
“I always say that your players are your best recruiters,” Keller said. “It started by talking to Steven and to Q and so we made the contact and obviously they were right. You know everybody says everybody can play, but you never know. He proved it last night, we offered, and he took it.”
Another factor in Daho’s decision was the style of play that Keller will bring to the Argos. The recruit said that he likes to push the ball with a fast tempo, which fits well with the way Keller’s teams played at University of Montana Western.
At 6-3 with four years of eligibility, Daho projects as either a point guard or a shooting guard. While he won’t get to play with his brother, who is graduating in May after averaging 11.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg in 2017-18, he will get two years with Noresias.
“I was hard on him when he was younger, but now it’s his time,” Daho-Clark said of his younger brother. “He’s got a good coaching staff and good people around him, so he should be able to learn by himself. Now it’s up to him to just maximize his potential.”
Daho is the third member of Keller’s 2018 Recruiting Class and the first from outside Montana.