Rebels bringing in Canadian big man

The Rebels are losing all three of their post players this year and have been combing the country disparately looking to find a replacement or two. It looks like they have spotted one potential candidate in Jamie Vanderbeken.

The 6' 10", 240 pound center played at Tyler CC (TX) the past two seasons after signing with Iowa in high school over UCLA and Oregon State.

The Ontario (Canada) product was a terror on the court in high school as he averaged 25 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 blocks a game as a junior. He followed that up his senior season with 28 points and 12 rebounds.

Like we see with many foreign post players, Vanderbeken has the ability to play with his face to the basket, as he shot 40% this season from 3 point land for Tyler CC. Overall, he poured in 15 points and 9 rebounds a game for the Region XIV Champs.

In fact, the Apaches are expected to send four of their starters to the D1 level. They finished the season 26-4. Jamie clinched the Conference championship with a career high 29 points and 14 rebounds. He was 6-6 from 3 point land in that game.

"If I were to critique my game, I would say that I am a highly skilled, athletic big man," added Jamie Vanderbeken. "I have the ability to shoot the 3 and I have good post work."

The Canadian saw his game go up a notch this past season.

"I became more confident and took a leadership role on a fairly young team. I became more aggressive on offense and defense."

Jamie is one of the more highly recruited juco players in America but looks to have narrowed things down to three schools.

"I am visiting Iowa State this weekend (March 28-30), Ole Miss the weekend after the Final 4 (April 11-13), and UConn the weekend after that (April 19-21). There are a lot more schools involved, but I do not want to get into any names. There are schools from all over the country I have been talking to all year. I am still listening, but those three are the ones I will take visits to. I am not sure if I will take anymore visits or not. I am still undecided."

The three finalist all have the same things in common.

"I narrowed it down to those three because I have built a great relationship with those staffs, and they are all losing their big men, so it gives me a great opportunity to come right in and make an immediate impact."

What will separate the three schools in the end?

"That is what the official visits are for. I am going to go over there and see what the environment is like and take it from there."

Will it be UConn, Iowa State, or Ole Miss?

The Spring signing period starts on April 18th.

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