Men’s Basketball (Recruit signings)
Friday, June 23, 2006
For Immediate Release
Spartans Sign Six
TWU men’s basketball adds six new players for 2006-07 season
Langley, British Columbia – Trinity Western University assistant men’s basketball Head Coach Gene Wolverton today confirmed the addition of six quality additions to the Spartans for the 2006-07 season. The Spartans will add Taylor Armstrong (fourth year transfer, Big Stone, Alta.), forward/centre Lance Verhoeff (first year, Calgary), point guard Drew Slaght (first year, Coquitlam, B.C.), guard Daniel Demian (first year, Port Coquitlam, B.C.), small forward/shooting guard James Powell (first year, Lynden, Wash.) and shooting guard/small forward Ryan Frose (first year, Winnipeg, Man.).
Heading the class is 6’5” power forward Taylor Armstrong. Armstrong will be entering his fourth year of eligibility after playing two years at Briercrest College and one year at Red Deer College. The two time ACAC conference All-Star, who hales from Big Stone, Alta. plans to be an Elementary Education major at TWU.
Armstrong’s season at Red Deer was cut short by a broken foot, but during his second year at Briercrest he averaged a double-double with 20 points per game and 11 rebounds per game.
“Taylor is a tenacious player with amazing hands. He has that un-teachable knack for getting rebounds and out playing bigger opponents,” said Wolverton. “His relentless work ethic and drive to improve will allow Taylor to make an immediate impact player for us and give us a big presence on the boards. He can also attack the hoop and shoot the three and has good footwork under the hoop.”
Armstrong is also an outstanding student. He received the Jason Lang Memorial Scholarship in 2005 for outstanding academic achievement along with an award for academic achievement while playing college sport, and last year he was on the Deans List for both semesters and had a cumulative GPA of 3.9.
Forward/Centre Lance Verhoeff also committed to Trinity Western University. The 6’8” 210 lb Calgary native led Calgary Christian High School to the 2006 AA Alberta championship and an overall record of 56 wins and four losses. During the championship season Verhoeff averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. He had a season best 35 points in a 90-52 win over the Bawlf Wildcats and 30 rebounds in another win, 82-45 over the Wildcats. Verhoeff had a triple-double in a 95-56 win over Rundle College, finishing with 20 points, 14 rebounds and an amazing 13 blocked shots.
“Lance is going to be an immediate impact player for us who will give us the size and athleticism around the hoop that we need in our big men with the up tempo style that we play,” said Wolverton. “He has a very high basketball IQ with good court instincts and a good touch around the hoop.”
Verhoeff plans to study business at TWU and is the second member of his family to be a member of the Spartans. His older sister Lies was a standout player with TWU’s women’s volleyball team from 1999-2004.
Gleneagle Secondary School will see two 2006 grads join TWU next season. Turning in the Falcon Gold and Black for the Spartan Navy Blue, Gold and White are 5’10” point guard Drew Slaght and 5’9” point guard Daniel Demian.
Slaght, a 5’10” Human Kinetics major, was a third team all-star at the BC Provincial Championships and was named Gleneagle’s Male Athlete of the Year this past year.
“Drew is quick and athletic but what sets him apart from the others is that he has a high basketball IQ on both ends of the floor. His offensive presence is as good as his defensive presence. In our full court pressure defense, Drew will be a nightmare for opponents using his speed and smarts to his advantage,” said Wolverton. “He has deep range on his shot with a quick first step and good court awareness to find the open man. He was overlooked because of his size but we play the speed game and he fits us perfectly. We are excited about Drew’s potential as he grows and develops.”
The 5’9” Demian is an honour roll student who was named the MVP of the Gleneagle’s men’s basketball team this past year. He captained the Falcon’s to their eighth place finish averaging 12 points and six assists per game at the BC Championships.
“Daniel is an excellent athlete who may arguably be one of the fastest guards in the recruiting class of 2006. Like is teammate Drew, he is as deadly on offense as he is defense. Daniel also has a very high basketball IQ using his athleticism to make the move and his basketball smarts to make the right play,” commented Wolverton. “He fits our fast up-tempo style that we play at TWU and will be a menace in our full court pressure. Daniel has a strong work ethic with a burning desire to succeed in the CIS. He will be an exciting player to watch as he embarks on his University Career.”
James Powell makes the trip across the Canada-USA border to suit up for the Spartans. The 6’2” Lynden High shooting guard has attended TWU for the past three years where he has been an honours student studying Human Kinetics. While at Lynden Powell averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game.
“James has an un-teachable knack for getting rebounds and intercepting passes. He has a relentless work and a very high basketball IQ that makes him a very versatile player. He has good outside range, has a good attack and likes to make plays for others,” said Wolverton. “His strength is his ability to be in the right place at the right time both for rebounding and making steals. He is an excellent student and will add maturity to our team.”
Finishing out the group is 6’3” Ryan Frose who is honours student out of Winnipeg’s River East Collegiate. While at River East Frose averaged 19 points per game and was named the 2006 Male Varsity Athlete of the Year. Frose, who plans to study Education, was a member of Manitoba’s 2003 Midget team and 2004 Juvenile Development Team.
“Ryan is a pure scorer who can fill up the hoop, he is still raw in the other areas of his game but will develop into a nice player for us as his style of play fits our up-tempo system, said Wolverton. “He has a very good work ethic and is determined to improve and play at the CIS level.”
For more information contact TWU assistant Coach Gene Wolverton at 604.513.2153 or TWU SID Scott Stewart at 604.513.2123.
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