Pre Season Men's Basketball

August 14th, 2011

The VIU Men's Basketball team had all they could handle plus some when they faced the NCAA Div 1 team from Indiana. Jason Mckee seen in the photo battling one of Ball states biggest players 6'10" Zach Fields, put on a great show and kept it close until the start of the second half when Ball state went on a 20-3 run.

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Ball State news release

Next game August 27th versus NCAA Division 3 Whitman College at 7pm

VIU Men's Basketball head coach Tony Bryce is pleased to announce the following 6 recruits for the upcoming 2011-12 season. 
Greg Gillies is a 6'5" forward that is heading home to play for the Mariners.  Greg is a Nanaimo product who played his high school ball with fellow Mariner Patrick McCarthy, on the AAA Championship team from Dover Bay.  After graduating Greg played 3 years for Scott Clark at Simon Fraser University.  After taking a year off, Greg has decided to step back on the court for his hometown Mariners and Bryce could not be happier. "Greg loves the game and brings great energy and intensity to the gym. He is a very good all around player that is going to play a key role in our success this season. I wanted him very bad out of high school, so I could not be happier to finally see him in a Mariner uniform".
Trevor Davidson is a 6'2 guard out of Dover Bay who was an Island Allstar.  Trevor is a very good athlete that can get it going from the perimeter, but also has the ability to attack the rim.  After sitting out last year Trevor will be coming in a freshman this year.  However, being a year older and stronger will only help in making the jump.  According to the coach, "Trevor is a quality kid that is quiet but has that competitive edge to him.  He has had a very good summer getting up to speed with the college game and I expect him to challenge for minutes this year as a freshman. Trevor has been very well coached and the one thing I really like about him is his ability to defend the ball".
Jarryd Engevik is a 6'4" forward from Cedar Secondary.  Jarryd is a physical presence that can score inside and out, which makes him a tough guard.  He has a tonne of upside and could very well end up being an outstanding player in this league in due time.  We were hoping to have him suit up last year but it did not work out and he was forced to sit the year.  Bryce adds, "Jarryd has been working extremely hard this off-season to get back to where he needs to be. It's very unfortunate he has recently been bit by the injury bug, but we will gradually work him back. I can see Jarryd being a very big part of our success in second half of the season and down the stretch.  I am very high on this young man".
Jason Mckee is a 6'4" forward who recently graduated from Dover Bay.  Jason is also a former member of Basketball BC's provincial team.  Mckee was also named the AAA Island MVP after leading his squad to the Island title.  According to Bryce, "Jason brings youthfulness and energy to our frontcourt.  He is a very competitive young man that is not afraid to be physical for a young player.  Jason also does an outstanding job of getting up and down the floor and that will cause problems for other bigs in our league. He is only going to continue to get better and better as he is very hard working and will have the opportunity to grow.  The one thing with Mckee is, you know when he is in the game he is going to compete and play his ass off for you and that is never a bad thing. Just a quality kid on and off the floor".

Osaro Obaseki is a 6"3 forward coming from Brittania in Vancouver.  Osaro is a long and lively athlete that has a tonne of upside. "I think this young man has a lot of room to grow but has some tools that get you excited as a coach", states Bryce. "He is quite explosive and has a very quick first step which creates problems. The jump to the next level is always difficult for young players, but Osaro is more than willing to accept the challenge. Osaro will have his hands full as a true freshman on a veteran team, but I can see him getting better week to week and over time he could very well be a key part to the future of the Mariners".
Luke Hennig comes from Kelowna Seconday.  Luke is 6'1" guard making his way to the Island from the Interior.  Luke suited up for a very talented Owls team that was ranked one of the top programs in the Province all year long.  Bryce adds, "this is a young man that really wanted to be a part of our program and that means something to me.  Luke is a quality kid that I would describe as 'solid' on the basketball court.  He is one of those guards this is not overly flashy but will compete and get the job done.  As a freshman Luke will be in tough, but he is not the type kid that is going to roll over.  That being said, I expect him to war away everyday which will only help him grow into a quality college player".