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Shane Dennie: Flying Hawk

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Humber Hawks all-star guard Shane Dennie is one of the best players in Ontario, leading arguably the best team in the OCAA. The 23-year-old Toronto native started ballin’ as a youngster thanks to one of his two sisters. He was about five when he discovered the game that would leave a lasting impression on his life. When his sister became a provincial player he followed her to all her tournaments because “I just wanted to be like her” says Dennie.

His true basketball potential was realized while at Vaughan Secondary School where he played for five years. During his last season he netted 30 points per game. He parlayed that success into a scholarship from Biola University in Los Angeles. Dissatisfied with how things were going there he came back to his hometown and enrolled at Humber College.

His eye for the court never left him but he wasn’t sure what to expect from his transfer. “I questioned whether the level of play would be as good as it was in L.A.,” he said. “When I did get over here, I didn’t get a chance to play because I tore my ACL and my meniscus. I blew out my knee. Anything I expected all went out the window when I injured myself.”

In his first full season suiting up for the Hawks, the 6-1, 175-pound freshmen was the eighth highest scorer in the province dropping 14.6 PPG, leading his team to a 12-3 record and bronze at the OCAA championships. That campaign also saw him become a league and OCAA tournament all-star, all-Canadian and Ontario’s player of the year.

He models his game after Mike Bibby because of his ability to come off ball screens and he describes himself as a “pure shooter.” He also admits to studying the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady
and Lebron James, in order to learn things and add them to his game.

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This year, his scoring may be down slightly from last season but it’s not affecting him or the team. The third-year player is praised for his influence on the team as a strong worker and big-time player. He knows he is counted on to lead by example. “What’s made Shane a valuable member of our team is the work ethic he brings every day to practice and his commitment to the team,” head coach Darrell Glenn said.

The Humber squad is consistently near the top of the rankings in Ontario. But to Dennie, there is no doubt in his mind about the potential for the Hawks. For him, anything less than a championship is “a major disappointment,” he proclaimed. “We can win it all. We have the most size in the country. We have the best guard play and when we want to, we have the best defence.”

Being a prime time player hasn’t clouded his focus on schoolwork. The Recreation and Leisure Studies student has made school his top priority and has an eye towards maintaining good grades and going to university. “I’m really proud of the steps he’s taken off the court,” expressed Coach Glenn. “He’s made a lot of changes and he’s done a lot of positive things to put himself in a good situation academically, socially and emotionally.”

Humber athletic director Doug Fox concurred. “When he first got here, he wasn’t steady with school, he wasn’t sure about his basketball career and in the last two years he’s become the type of player and person that we really like. His grades have really improved and he’s very conscientious of his team.”

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OCAA announces year end basketball awards

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JOVAIN WILSON NAMED OCAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jovain Wilson, a driven and dedicated third year guard for the Fleming Knights, has been named the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Year at the Belairdirect OCAA Basketball Championship banquet in London.

Leading his Peterborough based team to a 15-5 record to finish fourth in the East Division, the Pickering, Ontario native also led the division in scoring with a 22.93 points per game average and finished second overall in league scoring. Not only known for his scoring prowess, Wilson is also a tenacious defender, leader and sportsman and his excellent all-around play earned him a spot as a First Team All-star. Jovain also garnered his first nod as an All-Canadian and will now travel to Calgary where he will be one of the finalist for the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) National Player of the Year award.

“His competitiveness has been second to none and his desire to improve himself and the people around him is evident from the turn around the Fleming Basketball program has made since his arrival,” said head coach Bill Crowdis about his star player. “He has set a standard for his teammates to strive for and has lead by example of what a true “student”-athlete is. He maintains excellent grades and has developed into a true leader both on and off of the court.”

David Korenic of the St. Clair Saints was also named as a 2010 All-Canadian after leading the OCAA league in scoring, averaging 26 points per game. The fifth year veteran finishes his collegiate career with 2034 Career Points at St. Clair College which stands 2nd in all-time Saints history. He finished with 1366 OCAA Regular season points which stands sixth all-time.

Wayne Dawkins of the Seneca Sting was named as the OCAA’s Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 17-3 record and second place finish in the East Division. Dawkins has also produced two award winners this season in First Team All-star Vadim Halimov and All-Rookie team member Felix Adjei. Dawkins has been named as a finalist as the CCAA Coaching Award of Excellence to be announced in Calgary at the National Championship All-Canadian Banquet.

A complete list of the award winners are listed below.

Player of the Year
Jovain Wilson, Fleming P

CCAA All-CDN
Jovain Wilson, Fleming P
David Korenic, St. Clair
League Scoring Champion
David Korenic, St. Clair, 26.00 PPG

Regional Scoring Champion
East: Jovain Wilson, Fleming P, 22.93 PPG
West: David Korenic, St. Clair, 26.00 PPG

Coach of the Year
East Wayne Dawkins, Seneca
West Jim Flack, Sheridan

CCAA Coach of the Year Nominee
Wayne Dawkins, Seneca

Rookie of the Year
East Adrian Tomlinson, St. Lawrence
West Greg Osawe, Sheridan
OCAA Adrian Tomlinson, St. Lawrence

Defensive Player of the Year
East Tyler Pelley, Durham
West Jadwey Hemmings, Humber

East
First Team
Jovain Wilson, Fleming P
Adrian Tomlinson, St. Lawrence
Eric Smith, Durham
Vadim Halimov, Seneca
Anthony Hinds, Algonquin

Second Team
Tony Duran, Fleming P
JP Amaral, Georgian
Andre Bell, Centennial
Ajhamo Clarke, St. Lawrence
Mike Grant, Fleming P

All-Rookie Team
Sean Rodrigues, Algonquin
Adrian Tomlinson, St. Lawrence
Felix Adjei, Seneca
Orlando Palmer, Fleming P
O’Neil Graham, Cambrian

West
First Team
David Korenic, St. Clair
Kareem Malcolm, Sheridan
Manny Campbell, Fanshawe
JR Bailey, Humber
Patrick Murray, Algoma

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Second Team
Michael Acheampong, Humber
Dele Oworu, Algoma
Greg Osawe, Sheridan
Jadwey Hemmings, Humber
Cole Webster, Lambton

All-Rookie Team
Will Bradbury, Fanshawe
Greg Osawe, Sheridan
Khalid Abdel-Gabar, Sheridan
Curtis Davis, St. Clair
Alex Reis, Mohawk

HALI BURNS NAMED OCAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Fifth year guard Hali Burns has capitalized on a stellar final season and has been named the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Year at the Championship banquet in Barrie.

Burns led her team to an undefeated season in the OCAA going an impressive 14-0 in regular season action. The Sarnia native averaged 12 points per game and was named a First Team All-star. She is known as a tireless worker who is always working on finding ways to improve her game. This is Hali’s second OCAA Player of the Year nod and the second time she has been named a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadian. Hali is also a finalist as the CCAA National Player of the Year award.

Shannon Matheson of the George Brown Huskies has also been named a CCAA All-Canadian for the first time, as well as a First Team all-star. Matheson finished second on her team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game and was known for her quick hands, amassing 76 steals in 15 games. The Bedford native concludes her collegiate career with the Huskies after previously playing at St. Francis Xavier in the CIS.

On the coaching front, Matt White of the Fanshawe Falcons earned the top honours guiding his team to a 9-5 record in the West Division. White moulded two All-stars this season in Alison Griffiths and Larrisa McBean. Griffiths was also named as the West Region Defensive Player of the Year.

White, Burns and Matheson will be honoured at the CCAA All-Canadian Banquet at UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Listed below is a complete list of awards winners,

Player of the Year
Hali Burns, Sheridan

CCAA All-Canadian
Hali Burns, Sheridan
Shannon Matheson, George Brown

League Scoring Champion
Chantal Gray, George Brown – 17.62 PPG

Regional Scoring Champion
East: Chantal Gray, George Brown – 17.62 PPG
West: Donisha Young, Sheridan – 16.21 PPG

Coach of the Year
East Sharon Butler George Brown
West Matt White Fanshawe

CCAA Coach of the Year Nominee
Matt White, Fanshawe

Rookie of the Year
East Sandre Bascoe Algonquin
West Brianna Mandolesi Algoma
OCAA Sandre Bascoe Algonquin

Defensive Player of the Year
East Mercedes Moodie Algonquin
West Alison Griffiths Fanshawe

East
First Team
Chantal Gray, George Brown
Shannon Matheson, George Brown
Sandre Bascoe, Algonquin
Tamara Nembhard, Seneca
Danielle Greek, St. Lawrence

Second Team
Dana Marley, Georgian
Sarah Miller, Algonquin
Jodi Cairns, Algonquin
Erin Emery, Durham
Ruth Holland, Seneca

All-Rookie Team
Sandre Bascoe, Algonquin
Tamara Nembhard, Seneca
Kelsey Hare, Durham
Sylisha Powell, George Brown
Ruth Holland, Seneca

West

First Team
Hali Burns, Sheridan
Sarah Stevens, St. Clair
Sam Scull, Sheridan
Sara Levesque, St. Clair
Donisha Young, Sheridan

Second Team
Alison Griffiths, Fanshawe
Nakia Arthur, Sheridan
Kayla Suriani, Humber
Kaitlyn McKenna, Niagara
Carolyn Fragale, Algoma

All-Rookie Team
Kayla Suriani, Humber
Larrisa McBean, Fanshawe
Brianna Mandolesi, Algoma
Courtney Silvera, Sheridan
Rebecca Dietrich, Humber

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