Brandon University has announced that Virden basketball stand-outs Logan Biccum and Natalie Vachon have both committed to the Brandon University Bobcats  women’s basketball team.  The soon to be Virden Collegiate Institute grads have had very similar basketball careers to this point, and that trend will continue when both suit up for the Bobcats come this fall.

“They’re kids who love to play basketball and that’s evident in their approach to the game,” says Bobcats coach Novell Thomas. “They’ve had some great coaching from Adam Hartman early in their careers and then Stephen Densmore in high school. Both are players that have the desire to get better. It’s tough to say where they’ll fit in right now because a lot can happen over the next few months, but I expect them to immediately compete for roster spots.”

Both are members of the Virden Golden Bears that captured the AAA Manitoba Provincial Championship this past year. Both will play in the Manitoba graduating all-stars game on April 19, and both have participated in countless basketball camps and clinics across the region and province.

Making the jump from high school ranks to CIS is something both players are looking forward too.

“I really like this school, and I really like Novell as a coach,” says Biccum. “The way the team turned around this year makes me really excited to come here. The fact that it’s a great school and close to home just makes it very comfortable here.”

“I’ve thought about playing university basketball a lot,” says Vachon. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I’ve always liked Brandon University. It’s close to home and also knowing the coach and taking part in camps here, this program has always been a part of me.”

On top of team accomplishments, both players have also enjoyed individual success on the court until this point in their basketball careers.

Vachon, a 5-foot-6 guard, was the player of the game for the AAA Manitoba Provincial Championship final while Biccum, a 5-foot-9 forward, earned the same honour in the championship semi-final.

Biccum was a tournament all-star in the AAA Provincial tournament and was named MHSAA Tri-Star Athlete of the Week in January of this past year. Vachon was the champion of the inaugural Bobcats New Year’s Basketball Classic 3-point challenge this last winter.

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