In an exclusive BasketballBuzz interview, Philip Scrubb gave us a chance to dig deep and find out what the back-to-back CIS men’s basketball MVP thinks about the current Ravens dynasty, his ambitions for this upcoming season, as well as a breakdown of his time with the Canadian Men’s National Team this summer. As the star player for the Carleton Ravens, a perennial CIS basketball powerhouse, Philip Scrubb is as cool and humble as they come. From his high school days at a competitive all-boys school, Vancouver College, the modest 21-year-old did not become an instant overnight success. He nurtured his natural athletic ability with a variety of other sports such as swimming, soccer, as well as football.
After his grade 10 year, Philip began pushing himself to become an accomplished basketball player under the guidance of his father, who was Vancouver College’s varsity basketball coach. While schools like New Mexico State, Portland and Cornell came calling, it was Carleton Ravens head coach, Dave Smart who promised to develop Philip into an outstanding player. With his older brother Tommy already redshirting in the nation’s capital, the choice was a simple one for Philip. The Ravens had landed a highly sought-after recruit.
With Philip Scrubb, The Carleton Ravens have been nearly unbeatable. Since the Saskatchewan Huskies dethroned the Ravens in the 2010 CIS Men’s Final 8 semi-finals in Ottawa, the Ravens have lost only two games against CIS opposition with Philip Scrubb in the line-up. For a guy who generally sits out the fourth quarter of lopsided wins, number 23 has been a constant provider for Dave Smart’s program.
In just three seasons, Philip Scrubb has made his name synonymous in the debate about who is the greatest Carleton Ravens basketball player of all time. With former players such as Osvaldo Jeanty, Aaron Doornekamp, Mike Smart and Jafeth Maseruka, who made some big impacts with the program, Philip says that he still has lots to prove.
“I’m not done yet. I’m nowhere near them. I’ve got to get a lot better by the time I finish”. Scrubb says it is unfair to compare himself to some of Carleton’s greatnesses considering that he never really got to see any of those guys play at Carleton. He did admit that he and Osvaldo Jeanty have had some competitive one-on-one games in the past though. So who would come out on top if they played today?
While Philip concedes that Oz came out on top most of the time last season, he enthusiastically suggests, “It might be a different story this year!”
Philip Scrubb’s rise to CIS greatness has been aided with a recent placement on the Canada Basketball’s senior men’s team. Philip enjoyed learning from some of the country’s best talent.
He mentioned that it was encouraging having a former Ravens player, Aaron Doornekamp on the court representing Canada as well. “It was just good to have him there as a role model and as Carleton and CIS players we can still play at the [national] level against NBA guys and other pros.”
When asked what he could do to secure a place on the senior men’s team in the future, Philip replied, “I’ve got to get bigger and stronger. As a point guard, if I want to play that position, I need to get more vocal for sure.” With a growing cast of Canadian basketball talent, it will certainly be a challenge for Philip to make the senior men’s team. However, his most recent experience representing Canada is definitely a positive step forwards.
Philip’s ultimate goal is to match the five championships that Osvaldo Jeanty captured during his time as a Raven. With Coach Dave Smart at the helm and a very talented group back for another championship run, it won’t be a surprise to see Philip and the rest of the Ravens lifting the W.P. McGee trophy once again this March in Ottawa at the 2014 CIS Men’s Final 8.