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Posted on 03. Jan, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

Vikas Gill is the third top prospect from Ottawa in the Class of 2011 to make a commitment for next year. Last month, Vikas’ Ottawa Guardsmen (AAU/OBA) teammates, Sean Stoqua (Acadia) and Justin Shaver (Carleton), made their destinations clear. As for Vikas? He will become a member of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

“There are a ton of things that we love about Vik’s game,” says University of Ottawa head coach James Derouin. “First of all, his ability to shoot the ball is something the program is focusing on with this year’s recruiting class. For his size and position, we feel that he was one of the best outside shooters in this year’s class.” As a 6’7” forward at Sacred Heart H.S. in Ottawa’s west end, Vik made great impressions at the Eastern Commerce Holiday Classic in downtown Toronto last month to spark some more CIS interest. He really showed off his abilities to make the right pass, handle the ball, and shoot from the outside with accuracy, as the Huskies downed perennial GTA powers Father Henry Carr and Pickering, then gave Vaughan all it could handle in the semifinals.

“The University of Ottawa has a young coach (James Derouin) who I can relate to really well,” says Gill. “He just seemed like a great fit. He has a great plan for the future and great recruits will follow. I just felt like I had the best chance of winning a CIS national championship there. His systems fit in really well with the way I like to play, so it just felt right. Good financial situation as well.” Other than the Gee-Gees, Vik was recruited the hardest by the University of Toronto and Waterloo. “Vik is also a winner,” continued Derouin. “An excellent team defender, unselfish passer, and a product of great coaching, both with the Guardsmen club programs and with Sacred Heart coach Tony House. Vik’s very high basketball IQ was something else we wanted to address. Not to mention a strong student and a great teammate.” Gill’s commitment gives Coach Derouin two new players on board so far for next year. Explosive 6’2” guard Serge Grenon has already made plans to join the team as well. “We are expecting big things from Serge,” says Derouin. “He adds another skilled wing player for us to move forward with (current Gee-Gee stars) Johnny (Berhanemeskel) and Warren (Ward).”

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