Run, Run, Run 2005-06 season preview
Men's Basketball (Season Preview)
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Run, Run, Run
Spartans ready to push the pace in Canada West
LANGLEY, British Columbia - Trinity Western University men's basketball coach Stan Peters has traded in his SUV 2004-05 Spartans for a 2005-06 Ferrari. This year's squad will feature a team that will put their collective foot on the gas and not let it off until the final buzzer.
"I'm really excited about this year. We have been able to increase our size and depth from where we were," said TWU Head Coach Stan Peters. "With these additions we believe we are twelve deep and we want to use that to our advantage by pushing the tempo of play. Which should make it exciting and fun for our fans to come out and see a different style of play then they will see anywhere else in Canada West for sure and most likely in the whole of Canada."
The Spartans have lost three major contributors from last season. Gone due to graduation are crowd favorites Logan Kitteringham and Steve Janzen, as well as the August announcement that 2002-03 All-Canadian Adam Friesen would not be returning. Despite the losses Head Coach Stan Peters is a firm believer in the talented recruiting class he's bringing in to complement the returning players. "The style of play that we had and the talent that we had coming in we knew that we had to change the way we played. We did a lot of research and found that we liked what Fresno City College was doing and we have adapted some of the things that they do into who we area as a program and our personality,"said Peters. "It is going to become advantage for us as we continue to learn the systems. I think it is going to be a lot of fun."
The Spartans' backcourt is one of the deepest set of guards that TWU has ever had. The big four who will be leading the way are Brian Banman, Jon Schmidt, Luke Robinson and Trevor Nerdahl.
Even in his injured state Banman (3rd yr, Kelowna, BC) was a significant contributor to the Spartans offense in the three games that he played. He averaged 14 point/game in his two games that he played after his injury and will look to do more of the same this season. "Brian is one of the top three point shooters in Canada West if not all of Canada. He is basically going to have the green light to knock down shots," said Peters. "He is so cagy and smart, I love the way that he is able to find the gap and be able to draw people and then find the open guys."
The return of Brian Banman may outshine the play of any of the new guys. Following a frightening car accident last fall-and a subsequent 10 months of intense rehab-Banman is back at full strength and anxious to return to fulltime duty on the TWU roster. "Brian has taken over the team, his work ethic and speech has made him hands down the leader of this team," said Peters.
Playing alongside Banman will be:
5'11" NCCAA First Team All-American Jon Schmidt (3rd yr, Rosedale, BC), who averaged 17 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and two steals at CBC last season. "Jon is going to be relied upon to push the ball hard and knock down the open shot," said Peters. "One of his great skill sets is being able to attack, draw and find open people. He is also going to have to put pressure on people in the open court and be a thorn in people’s sides."
6'3" Malaspina University College transfer Luke Robinson (3rd yr, Ahousat, BC), who holds the Malaspina record for assists in a game (15). "Luke is just a great combo guard. He can play the point, he can play off guard or he can play the three guard. He rebounds well, he defends well, and he can knock down the three," said Peters. "I just love his skill set and he is also just tenacious. He just wants to win and will do what ever it takes to get there."
6'2" Briercrest College transfer Trevor Nerdahl (2nd yr, Caronport, SK), is leaper who led the ACAC Southern Division in scoring with 18 points/game. "Trevor has unbelievable athleticism. He reminds me of a young Dave Martens (grad '03), he has great leaping ability and can attack the basket," said Peters. "We are going to rely on him to knock down the three, but he has the ability to play above the rim as well."
Finishing of the back court will be 5'8" Mike Erickson (2nd yr, Aldergorve, BC) and 6'0" Kyle Kooger (2nd yr, Surrey, BC) Mike's role will be to be a thorn in the side of the other teams players and to dog the their point guard as well as do what he did well in high school, which is knock down the open three," said Peters. "Kyle will have a similar role, which is to cause havoc on the floor defensively, to knock down the open shot and to just play within himself and get his rhythm."
The front court will be led by four guys who saw significant minutes last season: forward/post David Bron, forward/post Michael Brouwer, forward Isaac Neubert, and forward Terry Neufeld.
The 6'7" David Bron (4th yr, Surrey, BC) has doubled his points and minutes per game every year as a Spartan. Last season Bron averaged nine points and 4.7 rebounds in while averaging 26 minutes per game. "As a fourth year player, David will be relied upon on to bring leadership," said Peters "Our expectation is that he needs to play within himself and contribute offensively and defensively every game."
6'8" post Michael Brouwer (2nd yr, Nanaimo, BC) was able to average four rebounds and four points while playing 17 minutes a game as a rookie last season. "Michael has worked extremely hard in the off-season. Has a passion to win and he is starting to understand his role as a five man. He is starting to be real aggressive on the boards and I see a real bright future for him."
6'6" Isaac Neubert (2nd yr, Victoria, BC) has spent hours training this past off-season and has transformed himself in order to be able to handle the physical play of the CIS game. Unfortunately for Isaac the high flying small forward suffered a broken bone in his foot the first week of practice and will most likely be out until the beginning of November. "Hopefully we will have Isaac ready to play before we get too far into the season," said Peters. "People will notice right away that he has put in a lot of work in the weight room. He is much more focused as a player and I am really excited as to what he is going to be able to do in our system."
Because of injuries last season Terry Neufeld (4th yr, Surrey, BC) went from the therapist spot on the bench to a starting spot on the floor. This year the 6'5" forward will come of the bench on specific duties. "Terry, is a great role player, he is going to pick up the assignment of defending the other teams top player, and to rebound the ball for us," said Peters.
Rounding out the returning forward mix is 6'8" Justin Vink (3rd yr, London, ON). "Justin has pushed himself harder then he has pushed himself ever in his life and if continues to do that he will find a spot for himself on this team," said Peters. "I'll give him prop’s he has worked hard and fight through a lot of adversity."
New to the Spartan forward mix this season are:
6'8" Peninsula College transfer Nils Dobszinsky (3rd yr, Port Townsend, WA), who set the Peninsula record for blocked shots in a season (38 in 03-04) and in a career (63 in two years). "Nils has just been a treat to have. He is a breath of fresh air," said Peters. "He is one of the most athletic big men that we have ever had here. He has an extremely high work ethic, he runs the floor really well, is a solid rebounder, and is a great shot blocker."
6'4" Calgary native Taylor Glass (1st yr, Calgary, AB), who averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists at Lord Beaverbrook High School. "Taylor had an extremely successful high school year, where he played an integral roll in his team's success and I think that once he grasps what we are trying to do and how his skill set fits into it, he is going to have a very good university career," said Peters.
6'7" Vernon, BC native Jason Keegstra (1st yr, Vernon, BC), who averaged 19.2 points, 13 rebounds, 1.87 steals, and 2.74 blocked shots at Clarence Fulton High School "Jason is just a diamond it the rough. He is working on his fundamentals, has a strong work ethic, and is asking to watch game tape," said Peters "He is very athletic and our system will fit him nicely."
6'9" Abbotsford, BC native Joseph Vroom (1st yr, Abbotsford, BC), who last year was named the BC high school single A most valuable player. "Joseph is the most underrated kid that we have on our roster," said Peters. "He is a very good athlete and he picks up concepts right away. He is going to make an impact this year."
"In our system we are emphasizing a team ego, it is not about the individual it is about the group. It is not about other teams trying to stop one or two guys it is about them trying to stop the twelve guys who are dressed that night," added Peters.
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