Men's Basketball (Announcement)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONACHINI SIGNS WITH SPARTANS
LANGLEY, British Columbia - Trinity Western University men's basketball coach is pleased to announce the signing of outstanding student-athlete Niko Monachini to the Spartan roster for the start of the 2009-2010 season.
"Niko is an excellent student-athlete that brings a quality to TWU that matches that of our overall team. We are fortunate to have Niko sign with Trinity Western and we know he will have an immediate impact both as a Spartan and a member of the TWU community," said TWU head coach Scott Allen.
Monachini, a graduate of Hugh Boyd in Richmond, B.C., comes to TWU after a brief stop last fall at Yuba College in Marysville, Calf. While at Hugh Boyd he averaged an impressive 25 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and three assists per game. He led Hugh Boyd to the "AAA" BC boys Provincial Championship in 2008 and was a key member of the BC Under 17 team in the summer of 2008, which placed third at the Canadian Juvenile Championships.
He was also a member of the BC boys U16 team and was part of Basketball Canada's Centre of Performance from 2006 - 2008.
The 6'6" forward has earned numerous awards throughout his career, including: first team all-star at the 2008 Richmond Championships and first team all-star at the 2008 Lower Mainland Championships.
In addition to his success on the hardwood, the native of Richmond, B.C. has also earned recognition in track and field. While at Hugh Boyd he earned the Most Outstanding Track Performer Award in 2008 after finishing first in the triple jump and third in the high jump and long jump at the BC High School Track and Field Championships.
The pre-med student has also been a standout in the classroom. He earned the Gold Medal award as a five year honour student, 2003-2008, at Hugh Boyd, was a Passport to Education Award winner from 2005-2008, earned the Major Service Award 2006-2008 and earned the Bill Norton Memorial Scholarship Award in 2008. He was also President of the First Responders in 2008 where he earned first responder of the year award and was on the Hugh Boyd Student Council from 2003-2008.
Monachini has also been an active member of his community. He was a volunteer with the Developmentally Challenged Youth Basketball Association in Richmond from 2004-2008 and was the Richmond Representative for the Hoops4Hope a nonprofit organization supporting youth development in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Monachini commented on his decision to attend Trinity Western University: "The biggest factor in my decision is to be surrounded by motivating people and I look forward to the challenges ahead. I chose to attend Trinity Western University because of their dedication to high academic standards and the bright future of the Spartans basketball team."
The Spartans finished the 2008-09 season by earning a Canada West Bronze medal while setting program records for Canada West wins in a season, 17-6, and wins in a row with 12. Monachini will be joining a solid returning Spartans group which includes 2009 CIS Player of the Year Jacob Doerksen.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.
Last Updated: 2009-06-20