Coach adds five to KPU Eagles 2015-16 roster

Coach adds five to KPU Eagles 2015-16 roster

Semiahmoo graduate among new recruits to PACWEST team

With the addition of five recruits, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Eagles head coach Vladimir Nikic says he’s pretty much done adding to the roster of his PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) team.

“In 2015, we have added eight academically and athletically strong men to our KPU Eagles men’s basketball program,” he said. “I am eager to begin our pre-season training in August and have our new recruits work with our Eagles veterans to begin a new chapter in KPU men’s basketball.”

Greg Saourine of the Semiahmoo Totems is the lone Surrey athlete among the five to recently commit to the Eagles for the 2015-16 season. The six-foot-four forward was the leading rebounder at the BC 4A High School Championships in Langley last March, averaging 14.5 rebounds per game.

He will be studying criminology at KPU.

“I am deeply impressed with Greg’s positive attitude and his character. He is very coachable and he is a great teammate,” said Nikic. “We expect Greg to provide us with very needed physical presence in the paint and we are very pleased that he has chosen the Eagles as he starts his university basketball career.”

The other four recruits announced last week include six-foot-five shooting guard Moeiz Athaya of Abbotsford, six-foot-three shooting guard Joshua Kurucz of Port Alberni, six-foot-three forward Cory Pidhaichuk of Richmond and Chilliwack’s  Philip Weston, a six-foot-four forward.

“I am exceptionally proud of the work our program has been doing and am pleased to add men of talent and character to our 2015 recruiting class,” said Nikić.

“I firmly believe that our Eagles men’s basketball program is growing stronger and stronger as we are recruiting men with not only the talent on the court to take us to the next level, but the academic skills and exceptional character to better cement a culture of success for the KPU Eagles.”