Duchess Park Secondary (DPSS) brought a bronze medal back home from this year’s B.C. AAA Boys Basketball Championships and two players managed to turn some heads of university scouts.
Soren Erricson and Dan Zimmerman have decided to take their talents across the Straight of Georgia to Vancouver Island University for the 2019-20 season in the PACWEST conference and Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA), which is one step down from U-Sports.
The Condor grads are joining the Mariners months after winning their third national championship in school history and their second in the last six years (1994, 2013, 2019).
Erricson, 18, was named a First Team All-Star at provincials this year after putting up 54 points in all four tournament games, while shooting 32 per cent from field-goal range (18/56).
“We are excited to add Soren to our program,” said VIU Head Coach Matt Kuzminski in a team post about the six-foot-two guard. “From watching him at the B.C. Boys Championships in Langley, it was clear that Soren is about winning, playing the right way and most importantly being a great teammate.”
Zimmerman was near-perfect at the boards down in Langley against B.C. opponents, recording 31 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals for DPSS.
"Dan is a player with a lot of upside and shows a good feel for the game,” adds Kuzminski in a separate post about the six-foot-four 17-year-old. “He's a proven winner coming from a strong Duchess Park program."
Both Erricson and Zimmerman helped DPSS capture the 2019 City title and their three-on-three team also took first place in the senior boys' division at the fifth Prince George Summer Hoops Classic.
They look to solidify spots on the roster by the beginning of November when VIU begins its new regular season.