VANCOUVER — One of the country’s most talented back court rotations added another piece to the puzzle for the 2020-21 season.
With a back court rotation that could very well feature the likes of Moeiz Athaya (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Luka Lizdek (Vancouver, B.C.), if they do return for the 2020-21 season, the Langara Falcons have increased their depth with the announcement of their first recruit for next season.
On Friday afternoon, Head Coach Paul Eberhardt announced on social media that the Falcons have added guard Arthur ‘Ace’ Reece (Houston, Tex.) to the rotation for the 2020-21 season.
Eberhardt posted the following announcement on his Twitter account on Friday:
Most recently, Reece spent two seasons with the St. Thomas Tommies in the ACAA. Reece sat out the 2019-20 season, preserving his fifth and final year of eligibility in the process.
In 2017-18, his first with the Tommies, Reece averaged 9.7 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field and 83.3% shooting from the free throw line. He added 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest.
Then, in 2018-19, Reece posted 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, all while improving his shooting numbers to 51.9% from the field and 26.7% from three-point range.
“This is going to be a great experience,” said Reece on his commitment to Langara College. “I’m just happy, excited, and I’m ready to get to work.”
“I’m looking forward to it!”
Reece will be taking Aboriginal Studies while attending Langara College, building on the Criminology degree he obtained while at St. Thomas University.
The transition from St. Thomas wasn’t an easy one for Reece, as sitting out a full season took a toll on his mental health throughout the year. However, Reece was quick to credit those behind him for helping him push through.
“I had the right people in my corner this year, and it was huge to have such a positive support system after sitting out a full season,” continued Reece. “That kind of stuff get tough on you mentally, especially when you have such a passion for the game.”
“But, everything happens for a reason, and for me, it’s onto the next chapter in my life. I’m just blessed.”
Despite their back court talent, the Falcons are coming off a 2019-20 season in which they went just 5-13 in the regular season. The pair of Athaya and Lizdek were the only two players on the roster to start all 18 games for the team in the regular season.
Athaya ranked first in the PACWEST in scoring, averaging 24.2 points per game. Lizdek ranked fifth with an average of 19.1 points per game.
Adding Reece to the mix gives the Falcons a strong option at the point guard position, one that can get others involved and doesn’t need to be the leading option on offense. In his second season with the Tommies, Reece had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7, which ranked 10th in the ACAA.
– T. Bennett