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