Top island recruits to bolster Vikes men’s basketball for 2015-16

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – When it comes to basketball at the University of Victoria every roster and every year is unique but what seems consistent is repetitive tradition and ties to Vikes excellence emerging each year. This is true of four top island recruits who have committed to the Vikes men’s basketball program for 2015-16. Head coach Craig Beaucamp and the Vikes are pleased to announce that Victoria’s Jason Scully and Graeme Hyde-Lay, as well as Nanaimo’s Tyus Barfoot and Duncan’s Joshua Charles will suit up in the blue and gold next fall.

“It is exciting to get a group with so much potential,” said Beaucamp. “One of the goals of our program is to keep the best high school players on the island. When we looked at the best players in B.C. we felt there were no better players than the kids we had right at home. The two qualities that stick out with this group of recruits are athleticism and intelligence. They all have a chance to develop together and be the nucleus of the next great Vikes basketball teams.”

There is no shortage of Vikes connections as St. Michael’s University School graduate and talented guard Graeme Hyde-Lay is the son of former Vike and SMUS head coach Ian Hyde-Laye. Under Vikes coach Ken Shields, Ian Hyde-Lay was on the team that won the first of seven-straight CIAU national championship banners for UVic.

“UVic basketball has always been of great interest to me given our family’s long-time connection with the University,” added Graeme Hyde-Lay on his decision to come to UVic. “It is an honour to join the Vikes and I look forward to contributing in every way possible in the years ahead.”

Son Graeme will add to that tradition that his father Ian once helped start as the six-foot-one Victoria native recently helped SMUS capture the B.C. Provincial AA championship for the first time since 1992 and was the championship’s MVP. The two-time Island First team All-Star will join the Vikes alongside high school team mate Scully.

“I have lived in Victoria since I was six and have watched plenty of Vikes games growing up,” added Scully. “It is really exciting to think that I have a chance to play in front of all of my local friends and family this coming season.”

Scully, who will embark on an Engineering degree at UVic, is a six-foot-four guard-forward who has also been a part of the SMUS basketball program, the starting grounds for recently retired NBA and Canadian star Steve Nash. Scully was the Brentwood Tournament MVP in 2014 and is a two-time BC AA championship first team all-star.

Hailing from up island, Barfoot, is a Nanaimo District Secondary School graduate. The six-foot-five wing has played provincially for Team BC at the Under 15, 16 and 17 level and in his grade 12 year was named a North Island All-Star and BC AAA Championship First Team All-Star. Barfoot was also the island MVP of the 2015 AAA Island Championship.

“UVic seemed to be the best fit out of the other schools I explored and visited,” said Barfoot. “What interested me was UVic’s academic options, strong basketball program, culture and the university’s proximity to my family. I am looking forward to playing post-secondary basketball as a Vike.”

The Vikes will entertain a sibling affair next year with the addition of shooting guard Joshua Charles, brother of current Vike and third-year guard Jordan. Younger brother Joshua graduates from Cowichan Secondary and brings four years of experience competing with Team B.C. Six-foot-six Joshua was named Cowichan Male Athlete of the Year for 2015 and intends on majoring in Business at UVic.

“I am very excited to play for the Vikes next year because of the opportunity to be the first team to play in CARSA and also to play alongside my brother Jordan,” mentioned Joshua Charles.

“This year’s freshman group is the product of some of the best coaches we have in the island,” added Beaucamp. “Ian Hydelay (SMUS), Mark Simpson (NDSS) and Sandeep Heer (Cowichan) continue to be leaders on the island, consistently producing top teams and players.”

The Vikes men’s basketball team will begin their campaign to the 2016 CIS Final 8 with their preparations taking place in the newly-built CARSA building, set to open on May 1, 2015.

THE RECRUITS:

Tyus Barfoot
POSITION: Wing
HEIGHT: 6’5″
HOMETOWN: Nanaimo, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Nanaimo District Secondary School
ABOUT: Tyus Barfoot of Nanaimo, B.C., has been a member of the provincial U15, U16 and U17 teams, where in 2014, he helped his U17 team finish sixth at the Men’s National Basketball Championships. That year, Barfoot was also named U17 Second Team All-Star. The six-foot-five swingman was also senior member on his high school basketball team from 2012 to 2015, and was named First Team All-Star and Island MVP after he helped his team finish seventh at the 2015 BC Senior Boys AAA Basketball Provincial Championships. The prospective social sciences major says he is excited to be a part of a tightly-knit Vikes basketball program and culture.

Graeme Hyde-Lay
POSITION: Guard
HEIGHT: 6’1″
HOMETOWN: Victoria, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Michaels University School
ABOUT: Local product Graeme Hyde-Lay from SMUS is a two-time Vancouver Island First Team All-Star and 2014 Provincial AA Championship Second Team All-Star, having played for both his high school team and the South Island Regional team. Following the BC AA Championships in 2015, the six-foot-one guard was named provincial AA Championship MVP. Hyde-Lay intends to study Kinesiology.

Joshua Charles
POSITION: Guard
HEIGHT: 6’6″
HOMETOWN: Duncan, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cowichan Secondary School
ABOUT: Six-foot-six guard Joshua Charles from Duncan, B.C., will be joining his brother, Jordan, on the Vikes team next season boasting four years’ experience playing for the BC provincial U14, U15, U16 and U17 teams. Joshua was recently named 2015 Cowichan Male Athlete of the Year and was honoured to the provincial U15 second Team All-Star after leading the BC team to a bronze medal at nationals. He intends to study Business.

Jason Scully
POSITION: Forward
HEIGHT: 6’4″
HOMETOWN: Victoria, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Michaels University School
ABOUT: Victoria native Jason Scully previously played for three different teams, including the SMUS junior and senior boys teams, the junior Vikes and the Mt. Tolmie Raiders. The six-foot-four forward is also a two-time AA BC Championships First Team All-Star and was also honoured AA Vancouver Island Tournament MVP in 2014 and 2015. Scully was also 2015 Vancouver Island All Star Game MVP, leading his team to AA Vancouver Island Tournament first place for two-straight seasons. This year, the prospective UVic Engineering major guided his team to AA BC Championships first place.

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