Week six (6) of the Top 10 performers is locked and loaded with bonafide talent and performances from across the country. Triple-doubles, double-doubles, assists, blocks and whole lot more on this weeks’ edition of the Top 10 CIS men’s basketball performers!
Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (G 6’5”, 175 lbs, 4th year) – Windsor Lancers
Just about the only thing slowing down Osuntola Jr. is his poor free-throw shooting (57-96 for 59.4%). The Windsor Lancers forward continues to dominate the opposition and leads the country in rebounding at 12.3 RPG alangside his 20.7 points per game ranking fourth in the nation.
Jan 15. vs. Laurier Golden Hawks, W, 94-87: 24 points (7/13 FG, 10/18 FT), 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (PG 5’9″, 160 lbs, 4th year) – Calgary Dinos
We got the triple-double! After flirting with the rare feat all-season, Ogungbemi-Jackson delivered a 26 point, 11 rebound, 10 assist triple-double in a 95-84 W over the Lethridge Pronghorns.
Jan 16 @ Lethbridge Pronghorns W, 95-84: 26 points (7/14 FG, 4/7 3FG, 9/10 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists
Jan 17 @ Lethbridge Pronghorns L, 82-70: 15 points (4/10 FG, 0/4 3FG, 1/1 FT) 7 rebounds, 7 assists
Greg Morrow (G 6’3″, 185 lbs, 4th year) – Western Mustangs
The Western Mustangs perhaps the biggest surprise of the CIS season and Greg Morrow is large part of the Mustangs turn-around season. After going 10-18 the previous year Western (8-3) surpassed last years win total and find themselves atop of the OUA West division. Morrow poured in career-high 34 points in win over Laurier and added his second double-double the season. Morrow has upped his scoring average from 15.4 points per the previous year to 20.5 this season and has the Mustangs riding a season-high four game winning streak.
Brandon Brine (F 6’6″, 229 lbs, 4th year) – Lethbridge Pronghorns
Brandon Brine took matters into his own hands as the Lethbridge Pronghorns snapped a six-game losing skid behind a season-high 30-points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 5-of-8 from the outside. The Australian import has been consistent and is averaging 17.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 41.2 FG and 33.8% from downtown.
Mamadou Gueye (F 6’7″, 185 lbs, 2nd year) – Alberta Golden Bears
Mamadou Gueye broke-out off a mini-slump in big way with back-back 25-plus point games in 1-1 weekend split against a tough Manitoba Bisons squad. The Golden Bears will need this sort of output and production from their sophomore forward to if has any hopes of making any noise down the stretch of the season.
Jan 17 vs. Manitoba Bisons W, 90-73: 25 points (6/17 FG, 0/3 3 FG, 13/18 FT), 7 rebounds, 4 assists
Tychon Carter-Newman (G 6’5″, 200 lbs, 2 year) – Laurentian Voyageurs
Is there a better basketball name out there than Tychon Carter-Newman? Carter-Newman and his #North705 crew nearly pulled off an upset over McMaster in one of the toughest collegiate environments (Ben Avery Gymnasium) to play in Canada.
Jan 16. vs. McMaster Marauders, L, 83-80: 27 points (11/23 FG, 1/4 3PT, 4/5 FT), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
Jan 17. vs. Brock Badgers, W, 89-81: 24 points (10/20 FG, 1/4 3PT, 3/4 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists,
Osman Barrie (F 6’2″, 197 lbs, 2nd year) – St. Mary’s Huskies
Who says CCAA transfers can’t play in the CIS? Osman Barrie (Ottawa, Rideau Rams High School) and his partner in crime Achuil Lual (Ottawa) assaulted the Acadia Axemen to earn their names on our weekly Top 10 list. Barrie & Lual both transferred from Crandall Chargers of the CCAA’s Atlantic conference (ACAA) with Barrie earning conference player of the year and Lual earning second-team All-Conference honors and leading the Chargers all the way to the National championships. Osman ranked-up a 20-point, 17-rebound, 6 blocks double-double while Lual dominated inside with 24 points, 17 rebounds on 10-of-18 shooting. Quietly and without anybody really noticing Mr. Barrie is entering AUS player of the year discussions with his 18.4 points and 9.9 rebound per game for the improving Huskies
Jan 13. vs. Acadia Axemen W, 89-75: 20 points (8/11 FG, 1/2 3FG, 8/14 FT), 17 rebounds, 6 blocks
Achuil Lual (F 6’4″, 215 lbs, 2nd year) – St. Mary’s Huskies
See above for more on Lual and his feasting of the Acadia Axemen this past weekend. Avid followers of CIS Basketball might remember the name Achuil Lual as his brother also named Achuil Lual played for the Axemen (2006-2008) and was a key contributor in dethroning Carleton in the National semi-finals, in one of the most epic CIS games ever played. So far so good for the younger Lual who is averaging 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the St. Mary’s Huskies.
Caleb Agada (G 6’5″, 200 lbs, 3rd year) – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Caleb Agada beat out some tough competition (Chris McLaughlin, Tommy Nixon, Scrubb Brothers, Japer Moet) this week to earn his name on back to back Top 10 performers list. Yes, the competition was rather soft but Agada played up to standard and shot the ball extremely well from the outside. Let’s face it, if Carleton is going to have two players in the first-team All-Canadian list why shouldn’t the currently number one ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees also have the same?
Jan 16. vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves W, 89-76: 22 points (9/13 FG, 4/5 3PT, 8/10 FT), 11 rebounds, 3 assists
Jan 17. vs. Guelph Gryphons W, 102-68: 20 points (5/6 FG, 1/1 3PT, 9/10 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Johnny Berhanemeskel (G 6’3″, 175 lbs, 5th year) – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Forget “Johnny Basketball” how about “Jonny Don’t Care”? Berhanemeskel is slowly creeping up on the 2014-15 CIS Men’s basketball scoring title. and if achieved, in our opinion his nickname should be changed to “Johnny MVP!”
Rohan Boney (G 6’4″, 190 lbs, 2nd year) – McMaster Mauraders
It’s natural to see why Rohan Boney is a fan favorite and valuable asset for the Marauders. The 6’5 sophomore plays limited minutes, guards multiple positions, can put the ball in the hole, cleans the glass, swats weak attempts at the rack, and if you don’t watch-out it might just be you kodak, youtube, poster time. (Yes that is Andrew Wiggins 22 watching Boney throw down a vicious two-hander (through contact) in his final high school in Canada). Since deciding to join the Mauraders Boney has racked-up 2013-2014 OUA West Rookie of the Year and is averaging 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1,8 blocks in 23 minutes of the bench for nationally ranked McMaster.
Jan 16. @ Laurentian Voyageurs W, 83-80: 17 points (4/10 FG, 0/1 3PT, 2/4 FT), 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals
Jan 17. @ Nipissing Lakers W, 83-53: 13 points (5/8 FG, 0/1 3PT, 3/4 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks
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.