itted to the TRU WolfPack men’s basketball team for the 2013-14 Canada West season.
Justin King, who starred for the WolfPack in 2011-12, and Reese Pribilsky, brother of former TRU guard Kevin Pribilsky, have committed.
King, a guard from Las Vegas, was a second-team Canada West all-star in his only season with the WolfPack, but sat out last season. He averaged 23.1 points and 10.1 rebounds with the WolfPack.
Reese Pribilsky spent two seasons with his hometown Victoria Vikes, but sat out last season. The 6-foot-0 guard averaged 4.1 points per game in 2011-12.
Kevin Pribilsky played three seasons with the WolfPack after transferring from Simon Fraser. He graduated after last season, but will be serving as an assistant coach in 2013-14.
“Both of these young men are quality individuals in what they can bring to the team,” said TRU head coach
Scott Clark in a news release. “ Both on the floor and their passion for the game of basketball. Both are hardworking, energetic types of athletes in practice. They add that to our team. Their talent and ability to score, defend and physical traits add to the basketball team and that is what we were looking to do. We have made some improvements over the years but we are looking to make a jump in the standings.”
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The TRU hockey team will face its biggest rival when the B.C. Intercollegiate League playoffs open Friday.
TRU is to take on Simon Fraser in the opening-round best-of-three series. Game 1 will be Friday in Burnaby, with Game 2 at Memorial Arena on Saturday and Game 3, if needed, back in Burnaby on Sunday.
It’s only fitting that TRU and Simon Fraser would meet in the first round of the new playoff format, which replaces the double-knockout tournament of the past three years. In the first two of those years, Simon Fraser defeated the WolfPack in the final, before Victoria claimed the crown in 2012.
Simon Fraser finished second in the league, at 16-5-3, while TRU was a distant third, at 10-11-3. The WolfPack lost 6-4 in Burnaby on Saturday, and lost all five meetings between the teams, including a shootout loss.
The WolfPack’s Tyler Jackson was named the BCIHL’s rookie of the month for February. He had 13 points in eight games.
TRU also announced Wednesday that it has signed two players for 2013-14. Defencemen Alex Martin of Surrey and Ryan Cuthbert of Richmond will join the team next season.
Both players were with the junior B Delta Ice Hawks this season.