From the Lethbridge College Kodiaks
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Taylor Barfuss is excited to follow in family footsteps as he becomes a Kodiak this fall. A recent graduate from Cardston High School, Barfuss has committed to join the Lethbridge Kodiaks men’s basketball team for the 2021-22 season.
Barfuss is a 6-foot point guard with a versatile, well-rounded skill set. He is the latest member of his family to attend Lethbridge College, having had multiple siblings previously attend the institution. He will also have a chance to play alongside his second cousin Ty Lewis on next year’s Kodiaks roster.
Kodiaks men’s basketball head coach Ryan Heggie is looking forward to having another local recruit on his team.
“Taylor is a ‘throw back’ point guard, he is a good leader, a heads-up passer and loves to compete,” says Heggie. “I am thrilled having Taylor join the Kodiaks. Given his program of study is Agriculture Sciences, it looks positive Taylor will have a chance to grow his game over his two to three years studying at LC.”
Barfuss says he is looking forward to becoming a Kodiaks student-athlete.
“It means a lot,” says Barfuss. “The Kodiaks support the community a lot and I like that. When you put on a jersey it represents a lot and I am honored to be able to do that. They are a great program on and off the court.”
Former coaches of the newest Kodiak gave glowing reviews of both him and his game. Former high school coach Ken McMurray referred to Barfuss as “one of the best players I have coached in 30 years,” also stating he has an “old school game with a basketball IQ second to none.”
Mike Hanson, another former coach of Barfuss, said he is a “very gritty kid [who] can definitely lead a team.”
When asked to describe his game, Barfuss explains it’s similar to that of basketball players who played in the 80’s.
“I like to play in the post and set up nice open looks for my teammates,” says Barfuss. “The pick and roll is my butter.”
Along with that, he is simply excited to get back in shape and play basketball again after a short hiatus.
- T. Bennett