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VIU Mariners add Nanaimo’s top high school basketball all-star

Vancouver Island University’s basketball court continues to attract the city’s top high school hoops talent.

The VIU Mariners men’s team announced last week the signing of Tyler Radelja for the 2014-15 Pacific Western Athletic Association season.

Radelja led the Wellington Wildcats senior AAA boys to provincials this past season and was chosen as a tournament all-star.

“He was, in my opinion, the best player or at least one of the best players in the city,” said Matt Kuzminski, VIU coach.

Kuzminski has known Radelja for a few years and has tracked his development. The swingman should be able to help the M’s within the next couple of seasons, said the coach.

“He’s an all-around player. He can handle the ball well, he’s got decent size and length to him and he can shoot it…” Kuzminski said. “You want to have guys who can do a little bit of everything and I think he kind of fits that mould.”

COURT SHORTS … In related basketball news, Kuzminski and former college and high school b-ball coach Mark Simpson will be starting up a junior Mariners team for U15 and U14 boys. The team will enter spring and summer tournaments. Tryouts will be April 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the VIU gym. For more information, please e-mail viu.jrmariners@gmail.com.

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