Basketball Star Tait Commits to Bisons

WINNIPEG, MB – Last season, University of Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball coach, Kirby Schepp recruited James Wagner, the best basketball player in the province. Wagner helped the Bisons reach the Final 8 National U SPORT Tournament in 2016-17.

This year, Schepp has announced the commitment of another high school star. Wyatt Tait, a two-time champion at Oak Park High School is the top ranked Manitoba high school recruit this season and will play at the U of M next season.

“Wyatt is a great addition to our Bison program. A true winner who follows our trend of getting great players, people and students,” said Schepp in a written statement. “I know Wyatt will fit right in with our group of guys and become a key part of future success with the Manitoba Bisons.”

Tait, 18, is a 6-foot-6, 195 pound forward who played on high school championship teams in 2015 and 2017. He has also played on a number of provincial teams.

The son of former Winnipeg Free Press football writer, Ed Tait, now the writer at, Wyatt was the captain and provincial tournament MVP after scoring team-high 24 points in the championship final this month. He was Junior Varsity Athlete of the Year (2015); Varsity Athlete of the Year (2016); two-time Brandon Sun Spartan Tournament All-Star; Tri Provincial Tournament All-star; Western Canada Tournament Second Team All-Star; Trojan Classic All-Star; North South Tournament MVP; two-time Piper Classic All-Star; WWAC All-Star.

During the 2016-17 season, Tait averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists per game. He has also been part of the Manitoba Provincial team at the 17U and 15U level.

“I’m excited to be a part of a great program at the U of Manitoba,” Tait said in a written statement. “I have a lot to learn and I think the U of M will be a great place to get better as a player and a person. I think I will be a good fit and can hopefully contribute to a successful team.”

Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports

Photo courtesy University of Manitoba

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