Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Huge Blow to UVic as Doerksen and Whyte will not play

Coming off a season in which they were within one game of qualifying for the Nationals again and welcoming one of the top recruiting classes in Canada for this coming season, Head Coach Craig Beaucamp and the UVic Vikes were justifiably optimistic about this coming season. That optimism, however, should be tempered somewhat as the program announced today that 6'5" Jacob Doerksen and 6'3" Josh Whyte, two starters on last season's Canada West Final Four participants and viewed as key members of this season's group announced that they will not play this season. Doerksen, who was the final cut from Canada's entry at the recent FISU games and a former CIS Rookie-of-the-Year, could not be reached for comment by the Victoria Times-Colonist (article link below) while Whyte, a flashy, athletic guard who brought an altogether different element to the Vikes last season and improved dramatically as the season wore on, has decided to enroll in classes at Mount Royal community college in Alberta and work on his game. The Vikes also lost Brandon Ellis, Steve Moore and Graeme Bollinger to graduation last year and return only one fifth-year player in Rob Kinnear. However, Victoria did bring in a number of solid recruits but will be very young this season Vikes lose two top ballers for this season

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