The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team and head coach Craig Beaucamp are pleased to announce the commitment of guard-forward Vladislav Zasmolin for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The six-foot-five guard-forward hails from Calgary, Alta. and is a graduate of Sir Winston Churchill in Alberta.
“I am excited to be joining a great basketball program with amazing people,” said Zasmolin. “The coaching staff are extremely welcoming, intelligent, and supportive. The players are hardworking, enthusiastic and friendly. I can’t wait to see what I can bring to the team and I will do my best to help them succeed in the future.”
Zasmolin competed with the Sir Winston Churchill junior team from 2013-14 team prior to his two senior years (2014 to present), while he has been a part of the Calgary Youth Development Center (CYDC Basketball) since 2009. In his junior season he helped his high school team to a second-place finish at the 4A Calgary city finals. In his first year with the senior team they finished second again but have a chance to win the championship this season in his grade 12 year.
Sir Winston Churchill travelled to Victoria in December 2015 and competed in an Oak Bay High tournament where they lost to the host team in the finals by a score of 93-92. With his club team, CYDC, Zasmolin traveled to Las Vegas to play in the FAB 48 where they finished an impressive fifth out of 48 competing teams.
“Vlad is a very versatile player that can play a variety of positions at the CIS level,” said Beaucamp of his latest recruit. “He is a very good shooter. We were very impressed with how he competed when we saw him play in Victoria. He is also a 90% plus student and will be enrolling in our Engineering program.”
At the 2014 Alberta Showcase, a provincial camp hosted by North Pole Hoops, Zasmolin was named the Most Valuable Player. While in Victoria, the 17-year-old was named a tournament all-star at the Oak Bay High tournament. In addition the intended engineering major was given an Award of Merit in 2014-15 for his efforts as a Grade 11 player on the senior high school team, while he was named the hardest worker for CYDC basketball in 2012.
“I am really looking forward to being a student-athlete at a well renowned university like the University of Victoria,” added Zasmolin. “Going to such a prestigious school means I get to meet new people and make friends with passionate students from all over the world. I am looking forward to studying, playing basketball and living in such an extraordinary city.”
Zasmolin will suit up with the Vikes men’s basketball team in the fall of 2016.