Friesen completes great career with Briercrest basketball as leader on and off the court

Posted: February 6, 2015

Brandon Friesen has made his mark on Briercrest as he graduates this year with a BA in Business Administration and completes five years with the men’s basketball team.  He started his career with former coach, Gene Wolverton, as a sought after “big man” who was athletic and possessed a great work ethic.  Often the gentle giant off the court, you witness his true strength as he battles with other players under the hoop and races them up the floor in his patented long stride gallop.

Though Brandon attended high school at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, he now calls Abbotsford, BC his home along with his wife Meghan. 

Brandon explained what brought him to Briercrest, “I wanted to come to a Bible college and learn more about God and play college basketball.”

He went on to explain about his teammates, “We are all brothers. I believe that because we are brothers in Christ and we all live on campus it really helps create a brotherhood on the team.  I have never been a part of such close teams as I have here at Briercrest.”

“It has been a supreme privilege to be able to coach Brandon, our team captain,” explained Coach Rod Adrian. “He’s a big man with a great work ethic, coachability, and outstanding character.  He has led our team in so many ways on and off the court and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that I have had to coach Brandon.  Despite his first serious injury of his career, a broken collar bone, he has bounced back and continues to dominate inside.   He is averaging just over 18 points per game and just under 10 rebounds per game – a team leader.  In fact in the South Conference, he is 2nd in scoring average, 2nd in blocks per game, and 1st in rebounds per game.  Nationally he is ranked 18th in scoring and 17th in rebounding.  These are all great accomplishments, and I am so proud of the player that Brandon has become, and the leader that he is.”

Watch for Brandon banging inside, grabbing rebounds, sprinting – galloping up the court, finishing tough shots around the rim, and making great defensive stops.  You’ll also see his ever present smile, and the way he encourages those around him.


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