LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Covenant men's basketball head coach Kyle Taylor has added three more players to his 2015 recruiting class. Patrice "Patjo" Twagirayezu, Berto Dryden and TJ Steward have all committed to Covenant.
Twagirayezu is a transfer from Milligan College where he redshirted his freshman year before playing in 17 games in his redshirt-freshman season last year. The 6-foot-6 forward played at Asheville Christian Academy where he was a two-time all-conference honoree and earned all-state in his senior year. He also played in the 2013 FIBA Afrobasket Tournament for Rwanda.
"I am very excited to start another chapter of life at Covenant College," Twagirayezu said. "I thank God, who is in control of everything here on earth, for making me who I am and opening this door for me to attend Covenant College."
"I am thrilled that Patjo has selected Covenant to continue his college basketball career," Taylor said of Twagirayezu. "Patjo is an athletic, skilled forward who is going to be a special player at Covenant. The best part about Patjo is that he is an even better man. He is mature beyond his years, because he has been through a lot. He has persevered through trials and is ready to step into a large role in our basketball program this fall."
Twagirayezu's mother is Anatolia Mukamusoni and his host family is Philip and Julie Delp. He plans on majoring in Computer Science.
Dryden is the second transfer in the recruiting class as he comes to Covenant from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. Dryden is a 6-foot guard from Woodstock, Ga., and Whitefield Academy. At Thiel, he played in 23 games as a freshman and earned President's List honors for his work in the classroom.
"I had the opportunity to come to Covenant straight out of high school but I decided to go elsewhere. Now I want to get back in a Christian environment and Covenant has everything I need, from academics to athletics," Dryden said.
"Berto is a combo guard that has the speed, physicality, and toughness to consistently break defenses down and make the right play," Taylor remarked. "We recruited him aggressively when he was in high school at Whitefield Academy, so are grateful he has decided to transfer back home to Georgia, and Covenant College. His scoring, defense, and toughness will help our program."
He is the son of Humberto Dryden and Edeline Dryden. He plans to major in English.
Steward is a 6-foot-3 guard from Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Oakland High School. He was a two-year starter on the varsity team and led the squad in free throw percentage and 3-pointers made in his senior year.
"I'm excited to be able to play at the next level and to get the opportunity to do it in a great Christian environment," Steward said of his decision.
Taylor added, "We wanted to upgrade our ability to shoot the 3 and we have done that with the addition of TJ Steward. He is a big lefty wing that can shoot the ball. He is fundamentally sound and will fit well in our system on both sides of the ball. We are excited about TJ coming to Covenant."
Steward is undecided on an intended major. He is the son of Jon and Karla Steward.
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