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March 24th, 2013

Mariners already reloading roster

VIBI hoping Jerod Dorby, Seth Goodman can help them repeat championship

By Josh Aldrich, Daily NewsMarch 25, 2013

The Vancouver Island University Mariners men's basketball team is not wasting any time in restocking their championship roster.

They are not losing many pieces - the most prominent being Pacific Western Athletic Association first team all-star Tyler Olsen - but they already have a couple of top recruits ready to come in.

On Thursday, Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds forward Jerod Dorby was being put through the paces by assistant coach Avneet Brar. Meanwhile, they have forward Seth Goodman waiting to fly in from South Carolina after averaging in 17.9 points and 18.5 rebounds a game in 2011-12 at Western Technical College, a Division III junior college in LaCrosse, Wis.

Both will add some size down low, while one is a short-term player, the other is a long-term answer.

"The idea is to bring one or two in to develop each year, and by the time they get in two or three years, they're usually contributors," said VIU head coach Matt Kuzminski.

Dorby's game is all about defence. His offensive skills are raw, but he was one of the Island's best rebounders this past year, and was named a first team all-star and was named defensive MVP at the AAA Island championships. He will have the potential to be a five-year player with the Mariners. His expectations are simple but high.

"I want to be recognized next year by everyone in the PacWest as the best rebounder," said Dorby. "It's where I excelled in high school basketball and it's where I'm going to excel here as well."

He was recruited by several colleges and even had a CanadaWest school interested, but he chose to effectively stay home. He has followed the Mariners closely the last few years and has come to as many games as he could, assuming they didn't conflict with his own high school schedule.

"(VIU) was easily the best option for me, the way they compete, the intensity on the court, everything falls into my category," said Dorby, who played centre this year with Cowichan.

But it is clear he is not quite ready for prime time at six-foot-seven and 180 pounds. He will be spending the summer in the gym trying to bulk up and working with Curtis Vizza at Over the Hurdle Athletics.

"It might take him a year or two to get adjusted to our level, but he's a real good athlete, he's an active rebounder, a big defender and with some time I think he's going to be a real good defender in our league," said Kuzminski.

Goodman, 24, is in a completely different situation.

The Katy, Texas (Morton Ranch High School) product ran out of available credits at the junior college level. It appeared his basketball playing days may be numbered, despite having a huge year in 2012-13. The other issue was that he was not quite finished his education yet either.

He finished last season not quite knowing where he was going to be next year. That's when Kuzminski came calling. "God looked out for me, because when I ran out of eligibility in the States, he opened a door to come out to Canada," said Goodman, who has a year or two left in international business studies, and is currently taking courses at Southern Wesleyan University, about five minutes from Clemson University.

At the junior college level in the U.S., athletes can take only 10 semesters worth of school before they are ineligible to play. Goodman red-shirted for a year and was only able to play for two years in Wisconsin before his clock ran out.

He was supposed to play for SWU, but that's when his eligibility became an issue.

At six-foot-six and 210 pounds, Goodman has decent size for the PacWest, and despite his high rebounding numbers he's not so much of a banger underneath the hoop.

He was a late bloomer, especially for his current position. He was a short growing up and played point guard, but in high school he shot up to six-foot-six, leaving him with his guard skills on a long, athletic frame.

He should be able to step in immediately as a forward with an outside shot in Kuzminski's Princeton offence.

"He's more of a perimeter big, I can see him playing any of the forward positions, but his game is a little more polished being an older guy and having a few years of junior college," said Kuzminski.

Coming north will be a new experience for Goodman, who has never been to Canada. But he is well aware of the Mariners' success and was kept in the loop by Kuzminski during their championship run. He is excited for the opportunity to join a winning program.

"I've never won a championship before" he said, adding he will be making the Island by July. "Looking at the team they have coming back next year, we're going to try and get another one."