By Elizabeth Chan, Vikes Communications
(ISN) – VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball team and head coach Dani Sinclair are pleased to announce the commitment of guard Brittani Yee (Coquitlam, B.C.) for the 2015-16 varsity season.
The 17-year-old got her first taste of basketball in Grade 4 and grew up watching her brother and sister play during practices. The five-foot-seven Gleneagle Secondary graduate cultivated a passion for the game and since then, has committed to her high school Junior and Senior teams, the Excel U17 team and the provincial U14, U15 and U16 teams.
“Brittani is a very skilled player who will add depth at the point guard position for us next season,” said Sinclair. “She is a proven scorer, but is also a great passer and understands the game well. We believe that she will develop into a great player at this level and we are excited to welcome her to our program.”
Yee has guided her team to Carney Classic First Place Champion titles from 2012 to 2015, and was subsequently nominated as Carney Classic’s Most Valuable Player Grades 10 through 12. More recently, she helped the Excel team earn a second-place finish at the Seattle Bash at the Beach Tournament. In 2011, Yee’s team also finished second in the Victoria Tournament.
Yee’s list of awards didn’t stop there as she was also awarded as an Honourable Mention All Star at Top Ten at Centennial in Grades 11 and 12, while also being named Player of the Game for other tournaments across the province. Yee, a prospective UVic Kinesiology major, also participated in the Byrne Creek tournament where her team won in spite of being short-handed and down by 20 at halftime.
The former dancer, soccer and volleyball player considers basketball her favourite, and has logged a personal high of 51 points in a single game against Oak Bay in Grade 11. In her final year of high school, Yee also recorded 31 points, 15 rebounds, nine steals and six assists in one game against Lord Tweedsmuir.
“I’m very excited at the prospect of playing for UVic,” said Yee. “After playing seven years of high school basketball, I look forward to starting a new journey with Dani and my future teammates. I hope to learn a lot and become a better player.”
HOMETOWN: Coquitlam, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Gleneagle Secondary School