AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific men’s basketball head coach Justin Leslie announced Wednesday the signing of Washington’s Class 2A State Player of the Year Corey Langerveld to play for the Cougars beginning in the 2013-14 season.
Langerveld, who led Pullman to a 27-1 season for its first-ever state title in 2013, is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound forward who averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game during his 2012-13 senior year. After dropping its season opener, Pullman won 27 in a row en route to the state championship. Along the way, Langerveld was chosen as the tournament MVP after scoring 20 points with nine rebounds in a 44-39 victory over Anacortes in the Class 2A state title game.
“He’s a winner, and he did a great job leading his high school team,” Leslie said. “He’s really versatile – he can post up, and he’s a good rebounder, and a guy like Corey is going to help us in being able to play against anything. Whether teams are trying to play fast or slow, aggressive or passive, man or zone, he can play multiple positions and he has the skill set to adapt to anything we might see.”
Langerveld was a three-time All-Great Northern League first team selection, winning league MVP honors in both his junior and senior seasons. His 1,431-point career scoring total made him the second-leading scorer all-time at Pullman.
“His basketball potential is through the roof, and he’s a well-rounded person,” Leslie said. “He’s very athletic, plays above the rim, and defensively he could come in and help us right away. I see him down the line as a pretty complete player for us; guys like Corey give me flexibility in how we can change the game and give different looks without being overly concerned about individual mismatches.”
Azusa Pacific completed its inaugural season in NCAA Division II’s Pacific West Conference this past season, hosting the league’s first-ever basketball conference tournament in March. The Cougars featured an all-conference backcourt of Troy Leaf and B.J. Porter in their first season of Division II competition.
“What we’re finding as we recruit players like this, is that they want to be a part of something special,” Leslie said. “We finished strong, but our goal is to be up at the top of the West region, and in order to do that we have to get these types of players.”
The 2013-14 Pacific West Conference schedule opens with an early-December visit to the Bay Area to take on Dominican (Dec. 5) and Notre Dame de Namur (Dec. 7). Azusa Pacific’s conference home opener is a Dec. 16 clash with Fresno Pacific.