MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM ADDS THREE WING PLAYERS

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MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM ADDS THREE WING PLAYERS
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LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western men’s basketball coach Scott Allen is happy to announce the signing of three recruits, local high school graduate Taylor Heinrichs (Coquitlam, B.C.) and two transfers from UBC Okanagan, who will both redshirt, in Dan Briscoe (Kelowna, B.C.) and Micah Cockrill (Chilliwack, B.C.)

The trio of wing players rounds out this year’s recruiting class, adding to the previously signed Sean Peters and Justin Bakuteka.

Heinrichs comes to Trinity Western after a successful Grade 12 season at Heritage Woods Secondary in in which he led his team in scoring and rebounding and helped the Kodiaks to a third place finish at the “AAA” Fraser Valley Championship.

The 6-foot-7 wing player was named to a number of tournament all-star teams this year, most notably he was selected as a 1st Team All-Star at the Fraser Valley Championship. He also holds Heritage Woods school record for most three-pointers in a game with seven.

“Taylor is a long wing player that will learn for the first year but has the chance to contribute immediately to our team,” Allen said. “Taylor will stretch the defense and has a great upside for the future.”

Heinrichs played club basketball with the Drive U15 team and U16 teams before playing for the One Pass Ahead U18 team.

“I am very excited to attend such a great school with an awesome basketball program,” Heinrichs said. “It will be tough but am willing to put in the work and except the challenge.”

Heinrichs plans to study human kinetics and business while at Trinity Western.

Dan Briscoe will transfer to Trinity Western after two years of playing at UBC-Okanagan of the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA). The 6-foot-4 wing player averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three assists last year in helping the Heat to a 12-6 regular season record.

Briscoe, a Kelowna Secondary alumnus, was also named to the BCCAA All-Rookie Team in 2009-10.

“Daniel will sit out next year but we anticipate big things,” said Allen. “Daniel fits into our plans well as he is physically aggressive and loves to compete.”

Off the court, Briscoe earned the UBC-O President’s Entrance Scholarhip, the Aramark Scholarship in Management and the TWU Transfer Award.

He also has his Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music Piano Certificate and plans to study business while at TWU.

Briscoe’s older sister Rachelle currently plays on the Spartans women’s basketball and is in her second year at TWU and fourth year of eligibility.
Micah Cockrill will return a little closer to home this fall as the Chilliwack product transfers to Trinity Western from Kelowna’s UBC Okanagan.

Cockrill will have to redshirt his first year as he is transferring between CIS schools, but once the 6-foot-5 wing player joins the Spartans, it’s expected he will be a key member of Trinity Western’s men’s basketball team going forward.

“Micah will sit out next year in preparation for working into the wing position,” Allen said. “Micah has great range and with a year of training and repetitions on the court against strong players I am confident he will excel in future”

In his first and only year with UBC-O, the G.W. Graham Secondary School graduate averaged 14 points per game and six rebounds per game in helping the Heat to a 12-6 regular season record. For his first-year efforts, Cockrill was named to the BCCAA Second Team All-Star unit and the All-Rookie Team.

In his senior year of high school, Cockrill averaged 32 points per game and nine rebounds per game as he led G.W. Graham to a fourth place finish at the B.C. “AA” Provincial Championship where he was named a First-Team All-Star.

“I am attending Trinity Western because of first class basketball program and the tight knit community,” said Cockrill who plans to study business at TWU.

Cockrill will join his brother Jeremy at TWU, who is also currently studying business.

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Last Updated: 2011-06-30
Author: Mark Janzen