August 14th, 2011

VIU Men's Basketball is bringing in some American talent for the upcoming season. Head Coach Tony Bryce is pleased to announce the addition of Brandon Jones and Richard Townsend-Gant both from Portland, Oregon.

Brandon (on left) seen in photo taking it to the hoop, while Richard (on right) defends the Ball State player.
Brandon Jones is a 6' combo guard that will add scoring and quickness to the Mariner backcourt. Jones played 2 seasons at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and was an NWAACC allstar in his sophomore year after averaging almost 16 points a game for the Penguins. "We are very pleased to have Brandon join our family" says Bryce. "He comes from a great program at Clark and was coached by a friend of mine who has similar expectations of his players. Brandon will be a handful in our league with his quickness and ability to makes things happen. I also expect him to cause a lot problems on the defensive end for us. He is a great find for us."
Richard Townsend-Gant is a 6'5" perimeter player that is going to cause all kinds of match up problems for opposing teams. Townsend-Gant played 2 years at Coffeyville College in Coffeyville, Kansas. Coffeyville is one of the top Junior College programs in the country, and year after year is battling for a National Championship and producing top quality players/talent. According to Coach Bryce "Townsend-Gant is no exception with regards to being a top quality player". Bryce adds, "this young man has a load of talent and if he wants to, could very well take over a game. He is a beast that can really shoot the ball, play above the rim, and score in a variety of ways. He played his college ball in Kansas which is a top quality league, and we are extremely happy that he has decided to join his good friend and return to school."
Jones and Townsend-Gant will join a handful of returning players as well as newcomers Greg Gillies (SFU/Dover Bay), Jason Mckee (Dover Bay), Jarryd Engevik (Cedar), Trevor Davidson (Dover Bay), Osaro Obaseki (Brittania), and Luke Hennig (Kelowna).