M's sign prized Nanaimo recruit - DN Feature

April 6th, 2014

M's sign prized Nanaimo recruit

Aaron Hinks / Daily News
April 9, 2014

The Vancouver Island University Mariner's women's basketball team is keeping it local with the signing of Wellington Secondary School student Ally Keir. Keir's extensive basketball resume includes a two-time Island AA championship, 2014 AA Island championship MVP and 2014 AA provincial championship first team all-star.

She was also selected to play in the Vancouver Island all-star game and selected for the provincial all-star game.

"She's a very big guard, a 5'10" guard. She makes really good decisions and rebounds defence real well. She's going to come in next year and help us immediately," said head coach Bill McWhinnie.

Keir has been attending the Mariner's summer basketball camps since she was in Grade 8. McWhinnie said she's developed tremendously as a player.

"In the last couple of years she was one of our better players every summer. She's a great kid and works very hard," McWhinnie said.

"Her coaches at Wellington, they did a good job with her and she's improved dramatically year after year."

McWhinnie says his team will immediately benefit with having her on the roster.

"She's going to play some minutes for us, play point guard for us and other positions and give us some depth," he said.

McWhinnie has been watching says it's an extra bonus to sign local players to his team.

"It's really important, we have to try and get the best kids every year and try to get them to stay home. It's hard at times competing with (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) schools but we're very lucky. We identified Ally right away as someone we wanted. We're very lucky to have her commit to us," McWhinnie said.

Keir will be joining her sister, Taelar Keir, who's already a member of the women's basketball squad.