LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western University women’s basketball coach Cheryl Jean-Paul officially announced two more commitments for her 2017 recruiting class, with forward/guard Simrit Bindra (Surrey, B.C.) and forward Ose Obetoh (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) set to join the Spartans this fall.
With Bindra and Obetoh in the fold, Jean-Paul now has three signees for her upcoming class, including guard Jenna Van Delft (Prince George, B.C.), who committed in December.
The 6-foot forward/guard brings a diverse skill set to the Spartans as well as an impressive resume that has seen her compete at some of the highest levels across North America.
Bindra, who will graduate from École Panorama Ridge Secondary this year, has played with both BC’s Finest and AthElite Basketball Academy, travelling to some of the best age-group tournaments on the continent. She has also trained for two years with Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance under the coaching of Allison and Mike McNeill.
With Panorama Ridge Secondary, Bindra most recently helped her team to a fourth place finish at this year’s “AAA” provincial championships.
“Simrit is one of the top 3-point shooters coming out of the high school system this year and she is going to benefit from learning and competing against Jessie Brown (Langley),” Jean-Paul said. “To have one of the top 3-point shooters in the country to learn from is a great opportunity for Simrit and I know she is going to quickly understand what it takes to play at this level. We are excited to have someone join our program who has the desire to continue to make our program stronger and who has been excited to realize her dream of playing at the next level. She is a great teammate and an active learner and has already begun to understand the strength and speed of decision-making required to compete at this level. We are excited for Simrit to join our program.”
Bindra plans to study arts and/or computer sciences while at TWU.
“It is an honour to become a student-athlete at Trinity Western University,” Bindra said. “I believe I can help contribute leadership skills, athletic skills, a positive team attitude and a hard work ethic to the TWU Spartans women’s basketball team. I am looking forward to team successes in athletics at TWU and I can’t wait to join the Spartans.”
Frank Konig, who coached Bindra with BC’s Finest Travel Team, said: “Simrit was instrumental in helping our club compete in some of the most competitive tournaments in the U.S. We are very proud of Simrit in achieving her goals of playing university basketball at Trinity Western. Simrit was a very effective shooter, rebounder and scorer, while also being an excellent teammate and a great leader. Seeing her maturity on the floor as a senior for Panorama Ridge and watching her help her team to a top four finish further solidified her position as one of the top players in the province.”
Aman Heran, who is the director and head coach with AthElite Basketball Academy, said: “Simrit is a charismatic and reliable player, who is highly regarded by her teammates and coaches throughout the academy. Sim demonstrated commitment and passion to the game of basketball while displaying the characteristics of an intelligent and mature young woman. She role models values of a well-rounded individual in all she said and did. She was always one of our best shooters in her years competing with AthElite. Sim will be a fantastic addition to the TWU women’s basketball program.”
Obetoh joins TWU after averaging 25 points per game over her Grade 12 season with Maple Ridge Christian School, capping her year by being named the tournament MVP at the BCCSSAA (British Columbia Christian School Sports Athletic Association) championship.
The 6-foot-1 forward played her club basketball with AthElite and represented Team BC with the U16 team in 2015.
“Ose is such a raw athlete,” Jean-Paul said. “At 6-foot-1 and with a tremendous wingspan, we look forward to seeing her crash the boards, be an active defender and learn how to attack the rim from two of the most efficient and top scoring forwards in our conference, in Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.). She is a great culture fit, who will bring a strength of character and Christian faith into our program, and will really have an impact on and off the floor. She has the desire to continue pushing herself to new levels, both athletically and academically, and we look forward to the competitiveness she will bring to our roster this next season. She joins her fellow U16 Team BC teammate Jenna Van Delft (Prince George, B.C.) and I know these three BC athletes, including Simrit, are very committed to achieving the new standards our program continues to set.”
Obetoh plans to study biology while at TWU.
“I really like the Christian atmosphere that is obvious all over the campus,” Obetoh said. “God’s love and presence is evident in this place. Coach Cheryl coached me during my time on the U16 team and it’s great to get the opportunity to play for her again. The basketball team welcomed me in and I think it is a great place for me to grow not just on the basketball court, but on the court of life as well. Attending TWU will also encourage me to grow stronger in my faith, which makes TWU a unique and exciting opportunity.”
Scott O’Dell, who coached Obetoh at Maple Ridge Christian, said: “Ose is an amazing athlete and her basketball skills are extraordinary. You only have to watch her play a few minutes to realize she is an exceptional player. However, what separates her from other exceptional players is her leadership skills on the court. The difference between a good player and a great player is their ability to make their teammates better, which is Ose’s gift. She is an excellent communicator and encourager to everyone she competes with. She is also a fierce competitor, who brings her best effort to every game and helps her teammates do the same.”