LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western women’s basketball head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul announced her first four signings for her class of 2016, which includes point guard Julia Marshall (Langley) and forwards Grace Guderyan (Calgary), Teanna Bradshaw (Pickering, Ont.) and Juliet King (Duncan, B.C.).
Marshall, whose Brookswood side recently won the B.C. Secondary School Girls AAA Championship will be a key cog in the Spartans backcourt for years to come, while Guderyan, Bradshaw and King will immediately help bolster the Spartans front court.
Julia Marshall (Langley, B.C.)
The 5-foot-5 point guard will follow in the footsteps of former Brookswood guards Luca Schmidt and Jessie Brown down the road to TWU. Like her predecessors, Marshall will do so on the heels of a successful high school career.
The high-energy guard won the senior provincial title each of the last two years and, in the Bobcats most recent championship run, she was named the tournament’s Top Defensive Player. This past season, she was also a valuable offensive contributor as she averaged 18 points per game while flexing her defensive muscles with six steals per outing.
“Julia is a great athlete and will complement and challenge all of our guards the moment she steps into our gym,” Jean-Paul said. “She was able to attend our April camp last spring and we saw a fire in her, both in her testing results and her on-court performance, while also exhibiting the desire to improve herself and constantly grow. There were parts of her game that were missing last season and under the watchful eye of her high school coach Neil Brown, she came back from her off-season with the ability to knock down threes and become the scoring threat that her team required for them to earn another provincial championship. That has just added to her defensive intensity, her ability to create for others and play up-tempo basketball.
“Julia is a great student, a hard worker and she loves to compete – all qualities we are excited to add to the mix. (TWU assistant coach) Sarah Cameron has spoken so highly of Julia for years and we are excited to continue adding from the Brookswood program as Julia joins Luca and Jessie. We look forward to building into her and continuing to move forward as a program by adding another Complete Champion in the making.”
Brookswood coach Neil Brown said: “At Brookswood, we are proud of the long list of players that have developed their game enough to be able to play at the next level. Julia is keeping that tradition going. In Julia, TWU is getting a good shooter, a good dribbler, a good passer and a great defender. I am very confident that after a short introduction period, Julia will be a regular contributor to the Spartans climb to the top. She is another reason for local basketball fans to support a local kid at a local university.”
Marshall, who plans to study education at TWU, said: “I’m excited to get the chance to go to TWU in my hometown and to play with some former Brookswood alumni. I’m very much looking forward to being a Spartan.”
Marshall will join her older brother, Adam Marshall, who recently finished his third year with the Spartans cross country and track and field teams, at TWU.
Grace Guderyan (Calgary)
Guderyan is coming off an impressive season in which her St. Francis High School team captured the Alberta 4A provincial championship. The 5-foot-10 forward helped St. Francis to a 9-1 league record, a city championship and the provincial title.
“Grace is a tenacious defender and is capable of creating great plays for her team by working hard off ball, rebounding and doing the little things that every team needs to be successful,” Jean-Paul said. “She has played whatever role was required of her with a great team sense and that mindset is only going to make us better. We are looking forward to having her join our program and helping us become more competitive. Over the last few seasons we have added several athletes with great high school championship experiences and Grace’s vision for helping her team achieve that in Alberta is a great asset to our program.”
St. Francis coach Claire Mitton said: “Grace was a key piece to helping our team win both the provincial and city championships. Her defensive strength anchored the team while on the floor. Her calm yet competitive presence was always a positive factor. Grace is willing to put the time and effort into her game and she is a fantastic teammate and person.”
Academically, Guderyan has been an “honours with excellence” student in each of her last three years.
“I was drawn to TWU because of the excellent athletic and academic opportunities that it provided,” said Guderyan, who plans to study human kinetics. “After my experience at the preview weekend, I knew this team and the school would be the perfect fit for my post-secondary career.”
Teanna Bradshaw (Pickering, Ont.)
Bradshaw comes to TWU after graduating from O’Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute in 2015.
In her final year at O’Neill C.V.I, the 6-foot forward averaged seven points and 10 rebounds per game.
“Teanna brings athleticism, rebounding and a scorer’s mindset to our inside game,” Jean-Paul said. “We are excited by her competitiveness and her ability to take information, process it and apply it. We will now be able to develop a low block, back to the basket presence to our roster and will see what that will allow our forwards and shooters to accomplish with such a threat inside. We have been working undersized for the past few seasons and it will be exciting to expand certain parts of our game. With Teanna’s success at the club level in Ontario and her focus on preparing herself for the CIS game, we look forward to having her join our program.”
Bradshaw, who plans to study human kinetics, said: “Trinity Western is a place of opportunity. I have chosen to attend this university because it will not only give me the opportunity to grow as an athlete, but it will also give me a chance to grow in my faith. Turning down an opportunity like this would be crazy.”
Juliet King (Duncan, B.C.)
King will join the Spartans and, alongside Bradshaw and Guderyan, will help develop TWU’s presence in the post. The 6-foot-1 forward, who will graduate from Duncan Christian School this year, comes to TWU after a successful high school career in which she helped her school become a regular at the single-A provincial championships.
In her Grade 11 season, she was instrumental in guiding Duncan Christian to a program-best eighth place finish, which included a tournament-opening game against Agassiz in which King had a 36-point performance. Most recently, she led her school to a single-A Island championship before finishing 13th at provincials. Despite her team finishing out of the top 10, King was named to the tournament’s 2nd All-Star Team.
“Juliet is going to be a great addition to our program,” Jean-Paul said. “She has a rebounding ability that will help our team on both ends of the floor and having a big who is ready to board and block shots in the key is something we’ve been missing since Corina Reimer. Juliet has a big heart to match her big wingspan and having her join our community and lead by example as she has in her school will be a great encouragement to all of our athletes in their development as servant leaders.”
Duncan Christian coach Michelle Nederlof said: “Jules is a difference maker. Whether on the court using her skills or off the court with her bubbly personality, she strives to become better and in doing so makes a positive impact on whomever she’s with. It’s been a blessing to see her grow into such a leader.”
King, who plans to study human kinetics, said: “I am attending Trinity Western University not only because of the basketball program, but also because I felt this school was the perfect fit for me. After I had spent a weekend on campus, I knew this was where God was calling me to be.”