KPU Eagles men’s basketball sign Untalan, first student-athlete of the 2015/16 recruiting class

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Metro Vancouver…..The KPU Eagles department of athletics and recreation and men’s basketball head coach Vladimir Nikić are pleased to announce Wowie (Wayne) Untalan, North Delta, BC as the first basketball player to sign to the Eagles 2015/16 recruiting class.

“This is an exciting time for KPU basketball as we are able to welcome one of the best point guards in BC to our program,” stated Coach Nikić, “More importantly, Wowie has great character, a tremendous work ethic, and he is a role model on and off the floor.”

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Untalan and Coach Nikić at the Eagles' Nest on the KPU Surrey Campus

Untalan is finishing his senior year at Delview Secondary in North Delta, BC, and is a formidable force as a combo guard for the Delview Raiders. A two-time Fraser Valley Championship All-Star, he has played a major role in leading the Raiders Senior Boys to the AA Provincial tournament two years in a row. In 2014 he averaged 19 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals per game. In a 2014 AA Provincial Championship game versus DP Todd Secondary, Untalan made it to the record books as the only player to record a quadruple double: 15 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds, and 11 steals.

After five years of working with Untalan at Delview, Coach Nikić is confident that Wowie will make an excellent addition to the Eagles’ roster, dynamic, and culture. “Wowie is one of the rare players that truly and consistently plays FOR the team. His teammates love playing with him because he shares the ball and is always trying to make players around him better,” he says, “Wowie will immediately bring integrity, a positive attitude, resiliency and outstanding character to KPU basketball. I am very excited about his decision to come to KPU.”

The KPU Eagles and Future Students Office are hosting an ‘Athlete Recruitment’ Day at KPU’s Surrey Campus on Saturday, November 29th from 9:00am-12:00pm for prospective Grade 11 & 12 student athletes. Come tour the campus, learn about KPU’s athletic & academic programs, meet the coaches, and ask our knowledgeable KPU staff all those important post-secondary questions you’ve been saving up! Registration is required at, we hope to see you join us!

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The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation enters its 14th season of interuniversity competition. The Eagles are members of the PACWEST conference and play in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with 100 student-athletes participating on eight varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, badminton and golf. KPU athletics plays its home games at the Eagles’ Nest (Surrey Campus), Northview Golf & Country Club, Newton Athletic Park, all located in Surrey, BC and the Ace Badminton Centre in Richmond, BC.  The Eagles are active in the conference with staff members on various advisory committees and competing to host both provincial and national championships. The student-athletes are mainly from the lower mainland but KPU’s rosters have included student-athletes from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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