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Posted on 24. Mar, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

 

The University of Victoria Vikes have made headlines lately with their gradually growing recruiting class for next year. Head coach Craig Beaucamp has been successful in continuing to build a class that combines experience & upside through proven post-secondary players and talented rookies with potential, regardless of province. Within the last month, three more have joined “UVic” with commitments from Windsor transfer John Woldu (London, ON/HB Beal ‘98), high school recruit Sean Patrick (London, ON/St. Thomas Aquinas), and most recently Vijay Dhillon (Richmond, BC/RC Palmer).

 

5’10” John Woldu will come in with experience playing for a winner after spending two years with the University of Windsor Lancers. Prior to that, he was the starting point guard for a Beal high school team that finished with a Bronze medal at the AAAA OFSAA tournament in 1998. He has 3 years of CIS eligibility remaining.

 

"John gives us a point guard with some experience at the CIS level and someone who has been to CIS nationals," Beaucamp said. "He really continues to add to our speed, quickness and athleticism. One of the things we were focused on at end of the season was improving our speed and quickness and getting a little bit longer."

 

"Basketball is the big deal out there at Victoria,” said Woldu. “I'm just excited to bring what I can offer to the team and help them increase their skill and basically help the team win.

 

The 6’5” 215-pound Sean Patrick has a strong physical framework, but will shock you with his smooth perimeter game. He led St. Thomas Aquinas to the AAAA OFSAA tournament this month in his hometown of London. He was also chosen as a member of the Ontario Under-17 team last summer, but was unavailable due to injury.

 

I wanted to join a strong basketball program that I could contribute to and that I felt I could mesh with,” said Patrick. “I also wanted to go to an academically strong school where I could reach my goals inside the classroom. After I visited UVic, I got a good feel of the whole team and the school. The team was strong and unselfish and I liked Coach Beaucamp’s calm coaching style. I'm looking forward to getting some significant minutes next year and contributing to the team no matter what my role is.  I chose Victoria over Waterloo, York, Toronto, Ryerson, Guelph, UPEI, and Algoma.”

 

6’0” 170-pound Vijay Dhillon is coming off a storybook last week, earning the Most Valuable Player award at the AAA Provincial tournament after leading the RC Palmer Griffins to the Gold medal. 

 

I wanted to leave but not be too far from home, that's why UVic was high on my list,” Dhillon said. “It's a good program, a nice city and good weather that I'm used to. I have a great chance to play, it just sounds like the right fit.

 

He received the prestigious HSBC Scholarship at the annual HSBC Classic tournament, offered every year to one male & female basketball player in BC that agrees to pay full tuition for (up to) 4 years of university, if he/she chooses to attend one of the 6 universities in the province (UBC, Victoria, Fraser Valley, Trinity Western, Thompson Rivers, & Simon Fraser).

 

Vijay also participated with the British Columbia Under-17 team last summer, averaging 9.2 ppg & 3.8 rpg, as the team won a Bronze medal. 

 

Vijay brings a variety of skills to our team,” said Beaucamp. “He can shoot it, pass it and dribble it. His game transfers very well to the FIBA game.”

 

This trio of talent joins Guelph swingman Ryan Higgins and Humber College transfer Michael Acheampong as official UVic recruits.

 

*With some quotes from UVic Athletics' press releases for John Woldu and Vijay Dhillon.
*Photo of Vijay Dhillon taken by Ron Hole. For more, visit his blog at http://www.ronhole.com/blog/

 

 

 

 

 

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