In addition to the four Filipino-American freshmen who all will be making their respective debuts in the US NCAA Division 1 this season, another young cager with a Pinoy lineage has made the cut for one of the more premiere varsities in collegiate basketball as a freshman walk-on.
A teammate of fellow Fil-Am and now Washington State rookie Trevor Dunbar with St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, 6’7” forward Troy Rike has been added to the practice roster of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons for this season after successfully hurdling the walk-on tryouts for basketball held last October 1.
Born to Ray Rike and Veronica Verzosa, who suited up for the tennis team of the University of San Francisco during her college years, the younger Rike was named as an honorable mention to the All-Metro team in San Francisco during his senior year in 2013-14. He was also accorded the same recognition at the conclusion of the 2014 West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) after helping St. Ignatius to an 11-3 mark, tied with Siena HS for second in the standings out of eight teams.
Undersized as a post player while in high school, Rike is expected to log minutes at the stretch four under the tutelage of Demon Deacons head coach and former NBA All-Star Danny Manning.
Among some of Wake Forest’s famous basketball alumni include two-time NBA MVP and five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clipper and perennial All-Star Chris Paul, Toronto Raptor James Johnson, Al-Farouq Aminu of the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks’ floor general Jeff Teague as well as Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, who holds the distinction of being the shortest cager to have played in the NBA.
Watch some of Troy Rike’s prep career highlights in the video below:
Photo c/o Eric Sun (SanFranPreps)