July 8,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western men’s basketball coach Scott Allen is
calling his 2014 recruiting class the “best ever,” as the Spartans officially
announced this year’s incoming group Monday.
This year’s class includes guards Josiah Allison (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Vartan
Tanielian (White Rock, B.C.), forwards Kosia Cauw (Coquitlam, B.C.), Matt Hayashi
(Langley), Nick Tancon (Comox, B.C.) and Patrick Vandervelden (Abbotsford, B.C.) and
wing Eric Rogers (Chilliwack, B.C.).
“This is our best recruiting class ever,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen. “It’s
full of diversity and there’s a lot of talent coming in. We also have some kids with
really high GPAs and, overall, it’s just a quality group of people.”
Josiah Allison (Abbotsford, B.C.)
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard graduated from MEI this year and joins the Spartans
after a season in which he averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists per
“He’s really improved his game over the last three months and I think he has a
really bright future,” Allen said. “He was a great scorer at the high school level
but now he’s moving to playing the point and he passes the ball quite well and makes
Allison, who was born in Cameroon and moved to Colorado when he was 11 years old
before landing in Canada at the age of 16, was his high school team’s MVP in both
Grade 11 and Grade 12. This past season, he was also named a First Team All-Star at
Oak Bay’s 2013 Gary Taylor Classic as he helped MEI capture the tournament title.
“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Trinity Western community,” said
Allison, who plans to take general studies in the fall. “I’m excited to grow as an
athlete and a person.”
Kosia Cauw (Coquitlam, B.C.)
Having graduated from BC Christian Academy this spring, the 6-foot-7 small forward
comes to the Spartans after an impressive career both at the high school and
With BC Christian Academy, Cauw led his team to a first place finish at the single A
Fraser Valley championship and a third place finish at the single A provincial
Cauw also has experience with Basketball BC as he played on the U16 provincial team
in 2012 and will play with the U17 provincial team this summer.
“Kosia is really bouncy and is a great finisher around the hoop,” Allen said. “His
future is very bright and his ceiling just depends on how high he wants to go.”
Cauw is familiar with the TWU gym as he played with one of the BC Selects team that
took on Findlay Prep this year at the 2013 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.
“I’m thrilled to be coming to TWU,” said Cauw, who plans to study sport and leisure
management. “The people at the university are fantastic and I can’t wait to be part
of this tight-knit community.”
Matt Hayashi (Langley, B.C.)
The 7-foot-1, 234-puond centre will arrive at TWU after spending the last two
seasons in Eugene, Ore. at Churchill High School.
Hayashi attended White Rock Christian Academy during his Grade 9 and 10 years, but
moved to Eugene to play his last two years of high school basketball with Churchill.
The former Langley resident helped Churchill to second place finishes at the
Washington 5A state championships in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
“Matt is growing into his 7-foot-1 frame,” Allen said. “He’s a game-changer. His
defence is particularly impressive right now, but I think he’ll evolve into a
quality offensive player.”
In Grade 9, alongside Tanielian and current Spartans Tyus Allen (White Rock) and
Peter Spanghel (Surrey, B.C.), Hayashi won the B.C. junior boys provincial
championship with WRCA.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of the TWU basketball team and the on-campus
community as a whole,” said Hayashi, who plans to study business.
Eric Rogers (Chilliwack, B.C.)
As a 6-foot-4, 195-pound wing player, Rogers brings a skill set to TWU that will be
a good fit within Allen’s system.
Rogers graduated from Sardis Secondary this year after a Grade 12 season in which he
averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds and six assists per game.
Along the way, he helped Sardis to a 34-9 overall record and a fourth place finish
at the 4A provincial championship. For his efforts, he was named a First Team
All-Star at both the provincial championship and the Fraser Valley championship.
“Eric had a great high school career and he’s really working on his game,” Allen
said. “He’s a relentlessly hard worker and he’s a great finishers around the rim.”
Rogers also played on Basketball BC’s U16 team in 2012 alongside Cauw. Also, along
with Cauw, he played with one of the BC Selects team that took on Findlay Prep this
year at the 2013 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.
Off the court, he was chosen to attend this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp.
“I think TWU is a good school for me both academically and athletically,” said
Rogers, who plans to study sciences. “I’m excited to join the team and take my game
to the next level.”
Nick Tancon (Comox, B.C.)
Tancon brings impressive size to the Spartans front court with his 6-foot-7 and
This past season, Tancon helped his Highland Secondary team to a ninth place finish
at the AA provincial championship in what was the school’s first provincial
tournament appearance since 1994. Tancon finished the tournament with a remarkable
average of 33 points, 25 rebounds and five steals per game. For his efforts, he was
named a Second Team All-Star.
“Nick is arguably the best overall high school player in B.C.,” Allen said. “He can
play inside or outside. He’s always in the right position and he does all the little
things well. He’s always looking out for his teammates, but I think he has to be a
little more selfish in taking the ball and scoring himself.”
In 2012-13, Tancon spent a year in Denmark where he played basketball and studied at
Efterskolen ved Nyborg, which is a private school in Nyborg. While there, he played
in the 2013 World Schools Championship in Cyprus, where his team, representing
Denmark, finished seventh out of 24 countries.
“I felt that Trinity Western gave me the best opportunity to grow as a person and
excel as a student-athlete,” said Tancon, who plans to study human kinetics.
Vartan Tanielian (White Rock, B.C.)
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard comes to the Spartans via Jbeil, Lebanon
where he grew up prior to moving to B.C.
Tanielian, who graduated from White Rock Christian Academy in 2013, helped his high
school team to a pair of top three finishes at the AAA provincial championships,
finishing second in 2013 and third in 2012. He capped his career by being named a
Second Team All-Star at the 2013 provincial tournament.
He spent last year playing with Future College Prep in California.
“He’s arguably one of the best shooters in Canada and he’s done a lot to develop his
athleticism over the past year,” Allen said. “I think he’ll space the court out for
us and will create room for other guys to put the ball on the floor.”
Prior to his Grade 12 campaign, Tanielian had the opportunity to attend the U18
Lebanese selection camp.
Earlier in his high school career, in 2011, Tanielian also helped his WRCA team
capture the school’s first ever junior boys’ provincial championship.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to TWU and I’m hoping to turn some heads,”
said Tanielian, who plans to study business. “I want to help bring Spartans
basketball back to prominence.”
Patrick Vandervelden (Abbotsford, B.C.)
The 6-foot-9, 170-pound forward comes to Langley via Abbotsford after graduating
from Yale Secondary this year.
With Yale, Vandervelden averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks per game
this past season and was a defensive giant for the Lions. At this year’s Terry Fox
Legal Beagle invitational, he was named the top defensive player.
“Patrick can shoot from all over the place,” Allen said. “He can distribute the ball
well and, based on his scoring touch, he has a really bright future. And when he
becomes a little more physical, he’ll take his game to an even higher level.”
Last summer, Vandervelden played with Basketball BC’s U17 provincial team.
“I’m excited to learn to play for Christ in a great environment with fellow
Christians,” said Vandervelden, who plans to study human kinetics.