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2014-15 BasketballBuzz CIS Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Canadians



The CIS Men’s basketball product has undoubtedly gotten better each year with top tier athletes landing pro contracts overseas with regularity, we are now in the midst of witnessing All-Canadians earning NBA Pre-draft camp invites. After an intense preseason that begun in early August we’ve been hard at work attending games, chatting with coaches, hunting down and scouring box scores to try and compile the 2014-15 BasketballBuzz CIS Basketball Preseason All-Canadian list. It’s never an easy task, specially this early in the year to put together such a list, specially when teams are just starting to gel and aside from several preseason games there aren’t many indicators to accurately predict who will eventually end-up as All-Canadians. Without further ado here is our 2014-15 BasketballBuzz CIS Basketball Preseason All-Canadian list with first, second, third and honorable team honors.

First Team All-Canadians

G Philip Scrubb (6’4, 195 lbs, 5th year) – Carleton Ravens

Philip Scrubb is a NBA point guard prospect in the CIS! The possibility of Scrubb getting into the league is as strong as it gets for a CIS basketball player. Now in his fifth-year with the Carleton Ravens the Richmond, B.C kid who turned down mid division one offers to come to the Nations capital is on the verge of cementing his name as the greatest CIS player of all-time.  The three-time Most Valuable Player is on a mission to win his fourth straight Mike Moser (MVP) trophy and a fifth straight CIS championship. If it all comes together once again for Scrubb and the Ravens come March you can bet the mortgage and the couch that he will be invited to a few NBA Pre-Draft workouts in July 2015.  Scrubb left Memphis and head coach Josh Pastner calling for back-up with back-to-back 30-point (35 points/10 assists/7 rebs & 30 points/4 assists) outbursts in the Ravens 2-0 series sweep of the Tigers.

G Javon Masters (6’0, 175 lbs, 2nd year) –  UNB Varsity Reds

The 2014 CIS Rookie of the year could have easily been a first-team All-Canadian last year, instead he was named to the second-team after torching the country with his absurd 27.4 point per game average. Masters aka Mr. Get Buckets hasn’t skipped a beat this preseason, leading the Varsity Reds in scoring in all but one of their ten preseason contests, including 35 large on both UQAM Citadins and Crandall University, ending the preseason schedule with a 26.1 point per game average while averaging just shy off 11 free-throws attempts per game.

G Johnny Berhanemeskel (6’3, 175 lbs, 5th-year) – Ottawa Gee-Gees

Johnny Berhanemeskel aka”Johnny Basketball” got snubbed from last years official CIS first-team All-Canadian team, period! Expect the fifth-year senior to play with chip on his shoulder all-year as he makes his swan song. If the Gee-Gees can return to the National Championship once again there will be no doubt as to who is best of all-time to rock the Garnett and Grey! In 10 preseason games Berhanemeskel has torched just about everything in sight by scoring over 25 points in three-straight games to kick off the preseason including and a ridiculous 27 points (11/18FG) on the Indiana Hoosiers and 33 on the Memphis Tigers.

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F Thomas Scrubb (6’7, 215 lbs, 4th year) – Carleton Ravens

The rise of Thomas Scrubb has been coming! Playing under the shadow of the his younger brother for quite sometime the older Scrubb is now finally ready to dominate after a summer with the Canadian Senior Men’s National team. The 2014 CIS Championship game MVP finds himself in prime position for an All-Canadian season. With Tyson Hinz gone their will be more touches available on the offensive end and his dynamic ability to put the ball in the basket from behind the arc and the low post makes him a nightmare to defend. Scrubb shined in the preseason as he nearly beat the Indiana Hoosiers with a 34 point, 8 rebound, 7 assist, 4 steal performance and added a triple-double the next game with 20 points,  13 rebounds, 10 assists on the Vermont Catamounts.

F Conor Morgan (6’9″, 225 lbs, 3rd year) – UBC Thunderbirds

Conor Morgan has the total package, now in his junior year with the Thunderbirds he has the ability to be a special player on a team will need him to deliver on a nightly basis if it wants  to return to the CIS Final 8 in March. Morgan a product of Victoria, BC was the only CIS player invited to the 2013 Canadian Jr. National team and despite not making the final roster the progress is evident and the skill set is undeniable. At 6’9″ Morgan is versatile enough to do damage both inside and out has worked hard to expand his range to the three-point line. Morgan opened the preseason playing well against the Detroit Titans (NCAA) with a 17 point, 12 rebound, 5 block effort and and showed the full repertoire against the Windsor Lancers for 34 points and 8 rebounds in the close 90-87 preseason loss.

Second Team All-Canadians

G Jamal Jones – Ryerson Rams
G Joel Friesen – Alberta Golden Bears
G Caleb Agada – Ottawa Gee-Gees
F Dadrian Collins – Saskatchewan Huskies
C Chris McLaughlin – Victoria Vikes

Third Team All-Canadians

G Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson – Calgary Dinos
G Tyler Scott – UPEI Panthers
G Theon Reefer – St. Mary’s Huskies
F Mamadou Gueye – Alberta Golden Bears
F Meshack Lufile – Cape Breton Capers

Honorable Mention All-Canadians

G Stephan Walton – Manitoba Bisons
G Mike L’African – Ottawa Gee-Gees
G Greg Faulkner – Queens Gaels
F Mukiya Post – Concordia Stingers
F Taylor Black – McMaster Marauders


Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada



Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights



Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

Calgary Dinos senior guard Thomas Cooper had himself and impressive CIS/Usports career to say the least. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native, a 6-5, 200 lbs guard earned himself two first team All-Canadian awards while leading Dinos back to the championship game for the first time since 1966.

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No. 1 Carleton Ravens 81-40 lock-up rivals No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees



Eddie Ekiyor Carleton Ravens Vs.Ottawa Gee Gees USports Basketball
Photo - Valerie Wutti

Ottawa, ON – The twelve-time defending CIS/USports National Basketball Champions and No.1 Carleton Ravens went into Monpetit Hall and completely dominated the No. 2 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees, locking up their Bytown rivals with a blistering 81-40 win.

The Ravens, the top defensive unit in the country, allowing an incredible low of only 60 points to opponents, dominated every aspect of the much anticipated game holding Ottawa to four points in the first-quarter and thirteen in the second for a grand total of seventeen first-half points and 35-17 half-time lead.

The first-quarter ended with Ravens leading 11-4 as both teams slugged it out in front of a jam packed standing room only Monpetit Hall which hasn’t seen the Gee-Gees get dismantled like this on their home floor in 32-game OUA conference games – snapping home winning streak which dated back to 2012.

Fifth-year senior Guard Connor Wood caught fire in the second-quarter after a cold start scoring all but 14 of the teams 24 points in the quarter and finished with 16 in the half and game-high 19 points. Starting point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane added 10 points, six rebounds in just 19 minutes.

The Gee-Gees were limited to 6-of-32 (18.8%) shooting, 3-of-17 from the outside in the opening 20 minutes and managed to only connect on 12-56 (21.4%) of their field goal attempts for the entire game and only 6-of-26 from the outside.

Carleton shot 50% in the second-half and finished 31-68 from the floor and 13-of-28 from downtown while turning the ball over 9 times compared to the Gee-Gees 18.

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The 40 points allowed by the Ravens is their lowest against the Gee-Gees since a 74-34 smack-down in January 18th, 2012 at the Sixth Annual Capital Hoops Classic.

Carleton Ravens 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) and senior forward Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) finished one point shy of double-doubles with 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively, and shutdown the Gee-Gees dynamic duo of Caleb Agada (12 points, 4 rebounds) and former Ravens Jean Emmanuel Pierre (7 points, 6 rebounds). Gee-Gees Guard Brandon Robinson had a team-high 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 triples.

Carleton’s record  stays unblemished at a perfect 10-0, 16-0 against Canadian competition and 22-2 overall with the only losses coming from two NCAA opponents on the road in Rhode Island – Providence Friars 87-69 and in Philadelphia against LaSalle Explorers 79-73.

Both teams will meet again in just over two weeks (Feb 3rd) at the 2017 Capital Hoops Classic at the ScotiaBank Centre.

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