LANGLEY PRODUCT STEAD, PARKSVILLE’S PAETKAU COMMIT TO SPARTANS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western men’s basketball coach Aaron Muhic officially announced the commitments of wing players Daniel Stead (Langley) and Aaron Paetkau (Parksville, B.C.) Tuesday.
The addition of Stead, who will graduate from Walnut Grove Secondary this year, and Paetkau gives Muhic an impressive group of five that will join the Spartans this fall, which also includes guards Justin Robinson (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Josiah Meppelink (Langley) and Nigel Boyd (Richmond, B.C.).
Daniel Stead (Langley, B.C.)
In the 6-foot-7 Stead, the Spartans are getting a hometown athlete with a winning pedigree. Stead is coming off a season in which he helped his high school team to a third place finish at the 4A provincial championship while averaging 10.3 points per game and seven rebounds per game.
“Daniel comes from a terrific program in Walnut Grove and Coach Bergan has done a great job with his development,” Muhic said. “Daniel is a terrific student and will develop into being a really good CIS player. I am very excited to work with him.”
Stead has also had success with the B.C. provincial side as his team won a gold medal at the U16 Western Canadian Championships.
“I look forward to being a part of a great community at Trinity Western, while continuing my studies in small classes with great professors,” said Stead, who plans to study biology at TWU. “I am also excited to grow as a person and as a basketball player at the next level.”
Aaron Paetkau (Parksville, B.C.)
The 6-foot-5 guard/wing averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game this past season as a Grade 12 student at Ballenas Secondary.
Amongst his accolades this season, Paetkau was named the tournament MVP at the Sutherland Sabres Holiday Classic in North Vancouver while leading Ballenas to the title.
“Aaron is a great fit for Trinity Western basketball,” Muhic said. “Coach Kevin McMillen and the program at Ballenas Secondary have done a great job developing Aaron’s basketball game. His skill set is what we are looking for and I know Aaron will work hard and continue to make an impact in our program. In my opinion he is a true triple-threat athlete, in that he values academics, his faith and athletics. We are expecting big things from Aaron.”
Paetkau, who plans to take general studies in his first year at TWU, said: “Playing in the CIS has always been a dream of mine and to be able to be a part of a team in which Christ is the focal point made coming to TWU an easy decision,” “Academics are really important to me and the amazing academic reputation of TWU with small class sizes and the exceptional community atmosphere only made the decision easier. Coach Muhic and his staff did a phenomenal job making TUW feel like home and I can’t wait for the adventure to begin.”