July 12, 2012
TORONTO – Former Trinity Western men’s basketball star Jacob Doerksen (Abbotsford, B.C.) signed his second professional contract in as many years as Slan Sports Management announced his agreeing to a deal with Rasta Vechta in Germany’s Pro A division for the 2012-13 season Wednesday.
The 6-7 forward, who wore Spartans blue and yellow for three years from 2008 to 2011, played last season, his first as a professional, in Germany’s Pro B division with the UBC Hannover Tigers. Averaging 21.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and two steals per game in 33 contests, Doerksen was named Eurobasket.com Germany Pro B Center of the Year, as well as being named to the Eurobasket.com Germany Pro B First Team and Eurobasket.com Germany Pro B All Import Team.
Over his final three years at Trinity Western, Doersken averaged 20.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. During his university career, he was twice voted to the CIS National Tournament All-Star Team; he’s a two-time First Team All-Canadian, and in 2009 was voted the CIS Player of the Year. In his final year at Trinity Western, Doerksen helped the Spartans to their first ever national championship medal as the Langley, B.C. based school captured a silver medal.
“My first year playing professionally was a wonderful experience,” Doerksen said. “I am excited to be moving up to Pro A and look forward to a great year ahead.”
Interview with Doerksen
Individual boxscores for Jacob throughout the season.
Rasta Vechta, finished the 2011-12 regular season in Germany’s Pro B division with a 17-7 record. They beat Doerksen’s former team, UBC Hannover, in the semi-finals of the playoffs, before losing in the Pro B championship. Their strong season allowed them to get promoted to Germany’s Pro A division.
“We watched Jacob for the entire season and thought his skill set would be a tremendous addition to our club,” said Rasta Vechta board member Thomas Zubrägel. “Now that we have moved up to Pro A, Jacob is going to be an important part of our club having a successful season.”
During his Spartans career, Doerksen totaled 1852 points, which is second most in Spartans history behind Adam Friesen’s 1869, and collected 781 rebounds, which is also second most in the school’s history behind Logan Kitteringham’s 798. He also holds the Spartans record for points in a game with 42, which he put up Dec. 4, 2010 against Fraser Valley, and the record for most rebounds in a season with 344 boards in 2008-09.
September 21, 2011
Former Spartans hoop star Doerksen signs with Germany's UBC Tigers
LANGLEY, BC – After an illustrious five-year CIS career, Trinity Western star power forward Jacob Doerksen, arguably the greatest basketball player to ever don a Spartans uniform, has signed his first professional contract and will start 2011-12 with Germany’s UBC (United Basketball Club) Tigers Hannover of the Bundesliga ProB.
Coming off a season in which he helped the Spartans to a CIS silver medal – the school’s best ever finish in men’s basketball – and was named a Canada West and CIS First-Team All-Star, Doerksen fielded a couple of offers throughout the summer but ultimately decided to join the Tigers where he will play alongside former Spartan Steve Janzen.
Doerksen comes to UBC after the team was relegated last year from Bundesliga ProA. The ProB league is the third highest level of professional basketball in Germany, behind Bundesliga ProA and the country’s top league, the BBL (Basketball Bundesliga).
“The unknown is the most exciting part,” Doerksen said from Hannover. “I came over here with very few details and everyday so far is a new experience with new challenges. I have pretty much been dropped in a foreign country with an apartment and a job. It is surreal indeed.”
And in what only adds to Doerken’s surrealism, is the fact that for the first time in his career, he will be wearing a jersey emblazoned with three distinct letters that, for five CIS seasons – both with Victoria and with TWU – represented his basketball-playing arch-nemesis: UBC.
“I did have a good chuckle the first time,” Doerksen said. “But donning this UBC Tigers jersey wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.”
UBC Tigers website
Doerksen, who on the UBC Tigers website seems to be going by the nickname “Canadian Beast,” joins the Tigers after a CIS career that saw him named to the Canada West All-Star team in each and every season he played, named the CIS Rookie of the Year in 2006 and the CIS Player of the Year in 2009.
“Basketball has allowed me to do things I probably would not have been able to do,” Doerksen said. “Turning pro has allowed me to live in and explore Europe and I am very thankful for this opportunity.”
While Doerksen has yet to play a game with the team – the Tigers first league game is Saturday, Sept. 24 when they play the Wolfenbüttel Dukes – he’s confident he’ll fit into the team well. And fortunately for Doerksen, the Tigers head coach, Michael Mai, who was formerly the European Director of the Christian organization News Release Basketball, is American. So training is in English.
“Practices have been going well,” Doerksen said. “Our team will be good and I will certainly have to earn my playing time, but usually imports do get more minutes. We are expected to be one of the top teams in the league this year. And if I was to guess, I would think the level of play would be similar to the CIS. The game is very different though than the banging and battling found in the CIS. The first thing I noticed is the European guys will use the pump fake like six times in a row.”
New style or not, Doerksen will be expected to make an impact immediately as he joins to the Tigers with plenty of pedigree.
Last year, Doerksen led the Spartans with 21.6 points per game in the regular season and was second on the team in rebounds, behind Tyrell Mara, with 8.4 boards per game.
During his Spartans career, he totaled 1852 points, which is second most in Spartans history behind Adam Friesen’s 1869, and collected 781 rebounds, which is also second most in the school’s history behind Logan Kitteringham’s 798. He also holds the Spartans record for points in a game with 42, which he put up Dec. 4, 2010 against Fraser Valley, and the record for most rebounds in a season with 344 boards in 2008-09.