Vancouver Titans Announce Five Free Agent Signings

Men's Basketball (Announcement)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Titans Announce Five Free Agent Signings

LANGLEY, British Columbia - Entering their first season in the International Basketball League, the Vancouver Titans expansion team announced today the signing of five free agents to their inaugural roster for their upcoming 2009 IBL season. Four of the five free agents will be names familiar to basketball fans in the Lower Mainland, as they feature a collection of CIS and NAIA stars from Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria and Trinity Western University.

The first free agent class for the Titans includes former Canadian National Team and SFU star Richard Anderson, former UBC Thunderbird Casey Archibald, former Victoria Vike Tyler Hass, former TWU Spartan Brian Banman and former University of Central Arkansas point guard Nate Bowie.

"I am extremely happy with this first class of free agents, and am excited that we were capable of meeting our objective of gathering the best available Canadian talent on our inaugural roster," said Titans head coach and general manager David Petroziello. "In Richard Anderson and Casey Archibald we have two of the best players to come out of our universities who have gone on to professional success in Europe, and their experience and professionalism will be superb assets to our team as we move forward. Tyler Haas, and Brian Banman represent the next generation of CIS stars who are moving onto professional basketball, and I am elated that their first steps will be with the Titans. These signings only make our whole organization even more excited for the upcoming season."

Richard Anderson (Ottawa, Ont.) is currently playing professional basketball in Estonia for Valga Welg Basketball Club, after professional stints in Australia, Portugal, Austria and France. A four-year starter at power forward for the Simon Fraser University from 1996-2000, Anderson suited up for the Canadian National Team from 1999-2005, and was named BC's Most Outstanding Senior Male Basketball Athlete in 2000.

Guard Casey Archibald (Salmon Arm, B.C.) recently completed his second season in the Austrian professional league playing for WBC Kraftwerk Weis, an averaged 16.1 points-per-game during league play. Archibald however will be remembered best for his time as a UBC Thunderbird, which culminated with his selection as a First Team All-Canadian following the 2006-07season.

Tyler Hass (Victoria, B.C.) is fresh off completing his fifth season with the Victoria Vikes, and is best known as a fearless defender who also has an ability to explode around the hoop. A Canada West All- Star in 2007-08, in 2006 Hass was named the Canada West Defensive Player of the Year and finished his career with the Vikes averaging 10.3 points-per-game over his five years.

Brian Banman (Kelowna, B.C.) was a member to the TWU Spartans from 2003-2009 after transferring from UBC. During his career with the Spartans, Banman set a number of scoring records while overcoming injuries following a near fatal head on car collision at the start of the 2004-05 season. Banman is second in total career points at TWU with 1686, first in made three-pointers with 254 and holds the TWU single game three-point record by shooting 85.7 per cent (6-for-7 against Alberta in 2005), and helped the Spartans to their best ever record in their short CIS history in 2008-09 with a 17-6 regular season record.

Nate Bowie (Kansas City, KS) joins the Titans after finishing his collegiate career with the University of Central Arkansas. A junior college transfer from Colby Community College before arriving at UCA, Bowie averaged 17.5 points-per-game as a senior at UCA, and was the Southland Conference scoring champion in 2007-08 and was named a Second Team All-Conference player.

The Titans open their season with a three game set against the USA All-Stars in Oregon April 10-12. Vancouver's season home opener is on April 24, 2009, when the team hosts the Snohomish Explosion at 7:15 p.m. in Langley, B.C. For tickets and more information on the Vancouver Titans and the IBL, visit



Last Updated: 2009-06-20
Author: Scott Stewart