SC Generals add three new players to 2014-15 basketball team

SHERIDAN — Pablo Rivas, Greg Vandeventer and Chase Iwata Bartelme will join the Sheridan College Generals basketball program this fall.

Rivas is from Phoenix, Arizona, and at Cesar Chavez High School was averaging a double-double for three consecutive seasons and was named to the All-Arizona team as a junior and senior, All West Valley Player of the Year as a junior, the 2014 “Promotion Athletics All Star Game MVP.” Rivas also helped his team to a state final four appearance as a sophomore, and a state title game appearance as a junior.

Rivas averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and three blocks per game for Cesar Chavez High School.

Rivas amassed school records for points (1,500+) and rebounds (900+).

“This is a big signing for our team next year,” Generals head coach Steve Smiley said. “Not only because of Pablo’s obvious talent, but more so because of the need on our team that he fits into and because of his intangibles. Pablo is a tremendous kid with a great motor and he’s very mature and worldly for his age, moving away from his home in Panama five years ago to pursue his dreams in the states. He’ll be able to help us both on the perimeter and on the inside if needed, and will help fill the void left by sophomores Fred Dure and Josh Adeyeye. Pablo fits exactly into our vision of what this position needs to entail, and we’re thrilled that he’s making the commitment to become a General.”

Another General will be a long way from home next year, traveling from Maui, Hawaii. Bartelme is the third athlete who has inked his National Letter of Intent to play for the Generals.

At King Keaulike High School, Bartelme was a four-year varsity starter and captain. He was named a League All-Star four times, the 2011 Rookie of the Year and the 2012 State Impact Player.

Bartelme helped lead his team to their first appearance in a state tournament. In 2013 he was the State Impact Player and League MVP.

As a senior in 2014, Bartelme was once again named League MVP and to the All-State second team. Bartelme averaged 17 points, six rebounds and 4.5 steals per game. Bartelme amassed more than 1,000 career points.

“We truly believe that Chase will be a great addition to our roster for next year,” Smiley said. “He has great size, strength and athleticism and has the ability to play many different guard positions, and he is a multidimensional player that is highly skilled. Chase will be competing for minutes right away, and will be able to help out in many different areas on the floor.”

Vandeventer is from Douglas and averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game during his career. Vandeventer is a three-year starter, three-time All-Conference player, two-time All-State choice for 3A, a three-year team MVP and two-year team captain. Vandeventer lead 3A East in scoring and rebounding during his junior year.

“Greg’s addition to our roster is another big piece of building our team for next year,” Smiley said. “Greg can do a lot of things, but he can really shoot the ball and is a threat to score everywhere on the floor. He’s been to several of our Elite Camps throughout his career, so he’s very familiar with our program, and in turn, we’re familiar with what he can bring to the table for us.”

Vandeventer will join Jevon Griffin, Terrell Butler, and Bartelme and Rivas in this year’s recruiting class.

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