LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s coach Cheryl Jean-Paul went back to Prince George, B.C. to mine another prized recruit as the Spartans bench boss officially announced the signing of guard Jenna Van Delft Wednesday.
The 5-foot-7 scoring guard, who will graduate from Cedars Christian School in the spring before coming to TWU in the fall, follows in the footsteps of fourth-year Spartans forward Kayla Gordon, who also hails from Cedars Christian.
“We are excited to have another Cedars Christian graduate join our program,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “Jenna has been developing as an explosive scoring guard and is also an excellent student, which are both characteristics of the Complete Champions we are developing in our athletics department. She has committed herself to training hard in preparation for her U Sports career and is one of the most competitive athletes I’ve coached in the BC provincial team programs over the past several years. We look forward to the competitiveness she will bring to our team along with her high academic standards.”
Van Delft has played with Basketball BC’s provincial teams at both the U15 and U16 levels.
Last year, as a Grade 11 student with Cedars Christian, she was named an all-star at the provincial girls ‘A’ championship while helping her team to a seventh place finish.
“It is an absolute pleasure to coach a competitor such as Jenna who pushes her teammates and also pushes her coaches,” said Cedars Christian coach Jeff Ludditt. “Her development over the years has been impressive to witness. I have appreciated being a part of her growth as a player but also as a young Christian. Seeing her roll into the school at 6 a.m. for extra shooting on her own was a lesson in dedication that any player can learn from. I am very proud to help her achieve this goal.”
Van Delft most recently played club basketball with Triple Threat.
“I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with Jenna’s basketball development for the last 4 years,” said Mandy Botham, who coached her with Triple Threat. “During this time I have witnessed her unparalleled dedication and self-discipline. She pushes herself incredibly hard to excel on the court, in the classroom and as a leader in our community. I know Jenna will be a great fit for Cheryl at Trinity Western. In Jenna, they are getting an elite basketball player and a very driven young woman with limitless potential.”
In the classroom, Van Delft enrolled at TWU with a 4.3 GPA and plans to pursue Pre-Med in her university studies.
“I am very excited to be attending TWU,” Van Delft said. “The Spartans have an incredible coaching staff with the women’s basketball program and I am looking forward to continuing to study within a Christ-centered approach to education.”
The Spartans women’s basketball team is 6-4 in Canada West league play through the fall semester.
TWU will host Thompson Rivers in an exhibition game Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans are back on the court for Canada West action Jan. 6-7 when they travel to play Winnipeg.