WOLFPACK MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS SECOND RECRUIT (HASLOM)

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When the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team hits the court in the fall, the United States of America will have a presence.  In 2011-12, Chas Kok of Lynden, Washington and Justin King of Las Vegas, Nevada were members of the ‘Pack.

This year, while Kok moves to an assistant coaching position, the WolfPack have signed 6’4” guard Tre (pronounced tray) Haslom of Marysville, Washington. 

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Tre Haslom (courtesy Olympic Community College Athletics)

Haslom played last year with the Olympic Community College Rangers of the NWAACC.

“He is quite a good athlete with good length,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Clark. “He can shoot the basketball. He is quite skilled and put the ball on the floor. We are hoping that he can embrace the role of being a defender with his size and quickness. He could do a good job in that regard.”

Clark says the fact that Haslom can play both guard and forward provides him with a lot of options.  “He is also an outstanding student,” he says.  “ He plans to major in philosophy with an eye to returning to the U.S. to practice law.  From that perspective, he is a really good fit for our program.”

Haslom said a visit to Thompson  Rivers earlier this month was the thing which convinced him to commit to the WolfPack program.  “ The academic success of Coach Clark’s players and his commitment to his players academic goals really impressed me,” he said. “ Also, the friendly atmosphere of the people of Kamloops really reminded me of where I was born and raised (Oak Harbor, WA).   From the moment I was around the players and coaching staff, I could feel that something special was about to happen. Everyone is working to get better and the players are being given the tools to be successful athletically. I wanted to be part of something special.”

“He is a good person, good student, good athlete, good citizen,” Clark said of Haslom.  “He is everything you would be looking for when you go recruiting someone.”

Clark adds that he has a lot of upside. “Tre has one year of junior community college under his belt. He has four years of eligibility remaining and at the same time, has taken a step forward in developing out of high school. He can come in and learn a system and develop within it.  That makes it easier for continuity”.

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Haslom in action with Olympic College this year (Courtesy Olympic Community College Athletics)

He appeared in 25 games with Olympic College in 2011-12, averaging 11.68 points per game, he had a 61 % free throw success rate (46-76).  He was also 42 % for field goals (105-249).   Haslom also averaged 3.80 rebounds per game.

Clark admitted that the WolfPack came upon Haslom by accident.  “We had been contacted about a point guard at Olympic, “ he said. “Chas (Kok, now a WolfPack assistant coach) went down to see Olympic play.  He was really intrigued by Tre more than anybody else.  Chas had played against him in some open gyms down at Skagit Valley.  He knew him from that. All those factors combined to have us recruit him. “

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Haslom playing high school ball in Lakewood (photo contributed)

Haslom hasn’t played Canadian basketball but is looking forward to the challenge.  “The speed of the game is something that I am going to have to get adjusted to,” he says. “I’m probably going to see a lot more versatile players that do a lot of things on the court. Hopefully, I can be a more versatile guy playing in the CIS as well.  At the end of the day, basketball is universal and most skills transfer so I’m hoping this will be the case in my experience.”

Haslom played for Matt Hart at Lakewood High School for his junior and senior years.  In his junior year (2009-10), he started in 21 of 23 games. He let the team in points, rebounds and blocks (13.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 34 total blocks on the year) and shot 46% from the field.  He helped Lakewood to the District tournament and was a game away from going to the state finals. That was the deepest post season the school has had in school history.  Two of Tre’s games saw him score over 20 points.

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Haslom dunking with Lakewood High School (photo contributed)

In his senior year, he started 19 of 21 games he appeared in.  He led the team in minutes played, averaged a team high 20.5 points per game and pulled down 5.2 rebounds per game.

“Tre had multiple highlight reel moments,”said Hart. “But what stands out were his 36 points and eight rebounds on the road against top ranked King’s High School.  He also scored a season high 37 points at Sultan helping Lakewood to a conference wins.”

“He came a long way as a player here at Lakewood,” Hart continued. “ We worked hard at developing his off hand and he is now able to handle the ball and finish at the rim consistently with either hand.  His jump shot has come a long way also. He wasn’t a very consistent perimeter shooter when he got to Lakewood, but with countless hours of hard work int he gym, Tre has developed into a consistent deep threat with range out to 25 feet.”

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Haslom goes to the basket with Lakewood High School (photo contributed)

Hart played College Basketball at Puget Sound Christian College  (2001-03)so he knows about what it takes to play at a higher level.  “ I think is this is a great opportunity for Tre,” he says about coming to Thompson Rivers. “ he will have the opportunity to play basketball at a high level and be pushed, which I think will help him to grow and develop as a player. I am excited to see his development and watch him have success.”

Clark is hopeful that like his first recruit of 2012-13, Kenny Monture of Terrace, BC,  Haslom will see some minutes this coming year.  “ I would think that he could come in and play. There are two ways to improve your ball club. Either through recruiting or through development. We try to combine that.  Both these guys have ability.  We never promise anyone playing time. Playing time is something that has to be earned. But if you were looking at things at the surface, you would say that if his attitude and effort be correct, he is a guy who would garner playing time.”

DOUBLE DRIBBLES:

Tre (his given name is Theron Raphael.  The nickname came from him being the third child) was looking at going to Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. He originally committed to Warner Pacific in Portland out of high school.

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Haslom with Lakewood High School (photo contributed)

Coach Hart’s favorite anecdote about Heslom. “Tre can be pretty quiet and reserved at times, but is a very bright young man and is a student of the game. One quick embarrassing story I have about Tre is we were playing in our opening game of the season his junior year (Tre’s first game with Lakewood), we were playing on the road at Lynden Christian High School, Tre forgot his shoes and didn’t realize it until we were dressing for the game. His mom had to run to the store and buy him a pair of shoes and she just barely made it back to the game in time for us to hit the floor. Great way for Tre to start his career at Lakewood!”

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Haslom dribbles up the court with Lakewood High School (photo contributed)

Of Note:  Haslom ranks among Lakewood’s best in several different season and career statistical categories. Despite only playing in two seasons with Lakewood, Tre is in the top 10 in career stat categories, including- 2nd in school history for Free Throws Made in a career, 2nd in school history for  Free Throws Attempted in a career, 4th in Free Throw Percentage in a career, 2nd in career Total Points scored, 2nd in career Scoring Average, 5 th in Field Goals made, 8th in Field Goals attempted and 4th in total Block Shots in a career. Tre is also in the top 10 in school history for stats in a season as well- 3rd in points scored in a season, 2nd Free Throws made in a season, 6th in Free Throw  percentage in a season, 4th in block shots in a season.