Ottawa – (BasketballBuzz) – The quest for a 10th National Championship is well under way for head coach Dave Smart and the defending CIS Men’s Basketball champions Carleton Ravens.
Playing in their second of four games against NCAA competition the visiting Texas Christian University found out just why the Ravens are Canada’s best University basketball team, as Carleton cruised past TCU 77-51 to pick up their second straight victory over NCAA Division I team.
Tyson Hinz was simply too much for the younger TCU squad. The 6’7 Ottawa Forward carved up the Horned Frogs with 24 points, 8 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting and went 7-of-8 from the foul line. Starting point guard Philip Scrubb, was in the line-up, but came off the bench to score 13 points in 25 minutes of action.
Scrubb arrived in Ottawa earlier in the day after playing heavy minutes (25) in a 77-72 win against Jamaica for Canada Senior Men’s National Team.
“It was big, I think both Scrubb’s were a little rusty, it wasn’t their best games, Phil was with Team Canada and came back for one day, its tough, you miss a week of practice, we don’t mess around in our practices.” expressed Hinz after the game on the return of the two-time CIS Player of the Year.
“But its good to have him back, he drives a lot of attention and he makes my job easier.”
Thomas Scrubb continues to make a case for the Ravens best all-around player adding a double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
TCU was anchored by 5’11 Junior Guard Kyan Anderson who finished with a team-high 12 points, three other Horned Frogs players reached double-figures with Charles Hill netting 11 points and Jarvis Ray and Hudson Price adding 10 points respectively.
TCU Head Coach Trent Johnson was tossed from the game late in second half after picking up his second technical foul of the game.
Carleton went an usual 5-of-21 from beyond arc, connected on 16-of-19 foul shots and shared the ball well on their way to picking up 17 assists. TCU had a difficult time breaking down the Ravens defensively picking only 6 assists compared to 15 turnovers.
The Ravens (2-0) will now take on the Wisconsin Badgers (BIG 10) on Wednesday August 21 before wrapping the NCAA portion of the schedule against the Syracuse Orange on Friday August 23rd. TCU falls to 0-2 on their Canadian tour and will visit Montreal for a game against Montréal All-Stars at Brebeuf College before heading back to Texas.
Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles
It’s the end of an era at Carleton.
The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.
Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.
He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.
“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.
“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”
Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.
“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.
“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.
“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”
Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.
He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.
“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.
“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”
Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.
Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.
Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.
“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.
“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’
Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.
Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP
Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.
That’s saying something.
A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.
He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.
“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.
“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”
If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.
He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.
“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.
“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”
Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.
University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.
Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.
He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.
Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.
Other award winners:
Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.
Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.