May 7, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s basketball program is proud to announce Jonathan Halvorson as the newest addition to the program.
Halvorson has made his commitment to play with the Canada West bronze medalist Huskies beginning in the 2014-15 season. The 6-3 forward from Luther College in Regina will join older sisters, Jordyn and Kaylee, as Huskie athletes. Jordyn and Kaylee are members of the Canada West champion women’s basketball program.
“We feel very fortunate to add a student-athlete of Jon’s caliber to our program,” said head coach Barry Rawlyk. “His game has improved tremendously the last two years, which is a real tribute to his work ethic and the job that his high school coach has done with him. He has all of the tools to be a very successful CIS student-athlete, and we are really looking forward to working with him to further advance his game. The fact that he comes from a program at Luther College that has some deep roots with the Huskies, and from a family that is rich in basketball tradition is an extra bonus.”
Helping the Luther Lions to a 25-7 overall record, Halvorson averaged 21.2 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. His strong defensive skills helped him to average 3.5 blocks per game and 3.8 steals per game.
“I have always been a big fan of the Huskies and their constant success over the years is very impressive,” said Halvorson of his choice. “Having the majority of my family living in Saskatoon makes it feel like a second home and I know I will be well looked after living in the city. Being in Saskatoon gives me the opportunity to learn how to live on my own, while still being close to home. Academically, the U of S also seemed like the right place.”
Halvorson also played on the U16 Team Saskatchewan in 2012.
The Halvorson family has strong ties to the Saskatoon community. The three are the grandchildren of late-legendary basketball coach Nick Patola. Uncle, David Patola, was also a member of the Huskie men’s basketball program.
The Huskies finished fifth at the 2014 CIS Final 8 in Ottawa in March, ending the season with 28 wins – the second-most in program history. Saskatchewan has attended the Final 8 three times in the last five seasons.