Bethel (IN) Men’s Basketball Announces Recruiting Class of 2022

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VSN (admin) Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – 17:30


Mishawaka, Indiana — The new recruiting class for the 2022-23 season includes transfers from NCAA Division 1 and Junior College.

Deacon Heatha six-foot graduate student from Banner Elk, North Carolina, transferred from UNC Asheville.

There, he averaged 3.2 points per game as a freshman and was elected team leader his junior and senior years, while earning All-Academic honors throughout his tenure.

Deacon looks forward to being part of the winning culture that Bethel has built, “I’m excited to play at Bethel, because of the winning tradition and culture the staff have instilled within the program.”

Drew Lutz is a resident of Granger, Ind., and graduated from Penn High School before going to play guard at Incarnate Word in Texas.

At Penn, Lutz scored 1,000 points and averaged 20 per game with nine assists per game his senior season.

With Incarnate Word, Lutz was in the top 10 in free throw percentage in a single season in the Southland Conference.

He averaged 12.5 points per game and 4.6 assists per game in his first season.

Lutz can’t wait to star in the program he grew up watching, “What led me to Bethel was growing up watching all the great teams at Bethel and wanting to be part of something special like that. I’ve definitely seen that vision with the pieces we have in the team and the confidence the coaches give me when I go out and play. Being closer to my family and my amazing girlfriend has been such a blessing to be able to spend quality time with them.”

Jordan Okonji is a six-foot-eight junior from London, England, who transferred from Temple College in Texas.

In high school, Okonji led his club team to the London Youth Games championship while setting the single-season record.

At Temple College, he was in the NTJCAC’s top three for the 2021-22 season and helped Temple qualify for the Region Five post-season tournament.

Okonji was drawn to Bethel’s home environment, “The family-oriented environment created at Bethel by Coach Polsgrove and Drabyn is what really drew me to the program. It meant a lot to me as an international student.”
Alonas Peciulis is a six-foot-six freshman from London, England, who attended Baylor School in Tennessee.

He was a three-time All-Region Team selection and received All-State honors in his senior year. Peciulis also led the Illinois Wolves to a UAA championship. For Peciulis, he saw Bethel as a place to grow his faith, “I chose bethel because it’s a place where I can grow my relationship with Christ and I knew from my first visit to campus that my guys were going to be more than just teammates but family. I am excited about the upcoming season and creating memories.”

Chikara Tanaka is a six-foot-three freshman from Yokohama, Japan, coming to Veritas National Prep in California.

In high school, he also played for IMG Academy in Florida and was a Geico national champion.

Tanaka is the youngest player to make the Japanese national team and was Japan’s All-star MVP.

He looks forward to his chance to play with the pilots, “I can’t wait to be a Bethel Pilot and get better every day!”

The final member of the recruiting class of 2022 is Tanguy Touzea six-foot-three sophomore from Paris, France.

Touze was transferred from Jacksonville State to Alabama where he was part of the 21-win team that not only won the ASUN conference, but made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

He played one season in the French Ligue NM1 where he averaged 4.3 points per game, 1.2 assists per game and 2.2 blocks per game.

Touze saw vision head coach Steve Drabyn set up and attracted Touze to Bethel, “I’m very excited to work at Bethel, I’m really connected to the vision of basketball that Coach Drabyn and Coach Polsgrove have and I think Bethel can be a great place for me to grow as a player and man.”

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