Dover Bay guard signs on at VIU

New VIU Mariners basketball coach Matt Kuzminski’s first recruit is one Nanaimo hoops fans will surely recognize.

The Vancouver Island University athletics department announced last week that Nanaimo’s Jon Bethell has signed on with the M’s for 2012-13.

Bethell was an all-star at the point guard position with the Dover Bay Dolphins and was part of the 2011 Island championship team.

“He has a great feel for the game in regards to tempo, knowing when to push the ball and when to slow it down,” said Kuzminski in a VIU press release. “He is strong and very shifty, which allows him to get in the lane where he is very talented at making good basketball plays.”

The Mariners needed help at point guard with the graduation of all-Canadian Jacob Thom. Thom was recently announced as Basketball B.C.’s outstanding college player for 2011-12.

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