The UNBC Timberwolves have added another tall tree to their Canada West men’s basketball collection.
Seventeen-year-old shooting guard David Tiessen of Calgary will join the T-wolves’ pack for the 2020-21 season.
The six-foot-four Tiessen is blessed with size and speed and demonstrated his versatility as an accurate shooter and effective dribbler with the Calgary Basketball Academy and on his high school team, where he was a two-time winner of the athlete-of-the-year award at Centennial High School.
“David is a big guard who can shoot the ball and is a good athlete,” said T-wolves head coach Todd Jordan, in a team release. “I am looking forward to helping him develop as he starts his college basketball journey.”
Tiessen eagerly anticipates his chance to help the UNBC men get back into the Canada West playoffs.
“I chose UNBC because they have a great program for basketball, and for school,” Tiessen said. “They have a great campus, and the team is quite successful already.
“I like the way Coach Todd seems (in conversations), and I have heard great things. Because of the COVID-19 situation, I haven’t been able to visit, but talking to Coach Todd, he made it very clear, and I believe UNBC is the best fit.”
Tiessen plans to study commerce in his first year at UNBC. He has a strong work ethic and is looking forward to stepping up his level of play to compete in the league.
“I am super excited to be a part of UNBC,” he said. “It is the highest level you can play in Canada, and I am looking forward to becoming a better player and training with the best players around me. U Sports basketball has been a goal of mine since Grade 10, and I really pushed myself. I believed I could make it, if I put in the hours and the work.
“I am a solid player all-around. I have a good shot and I am able to move the ball. I work hard on both sides of the floor. I expect next year to be very competitive and push me as a player, but I hope I am able to develop into a better all-around athlete as the season continues.”
Tiessen has been playing the game since he was in elementary school.
“I love basketball because I am able to compete with others around me, and have a sense of community with my teammates,” he said. “I am able to push myself to become a better athlete and player.”