Keeping up with our weekly tradition which began last year. We look back at the Top 5 Performers from the opening week of the 2011-12 CIS Men’s Basketball 50th anniversary campaign.
Justin King – Thompson Rivers Wolpack – CW
The second year guard from Las Vegas went to work on the nationally ranked UFV Cascasdes. King was all over the floor in the season opener with 20 points and game-high sixteen rebounds. The next evening he notched another double-double with 32 points and ten rebounds as the Wolfpack earned a series split at home. Expect to see King’s name here a few more times as the season continues.
Nov 4. vs. UFV Cascades, L, 93-79: 20 points (9/23 FG, 0/2 3FG, 2/3 FT) 16 rebounds, 3 assists
Nov 5. vs. UFV Cascades, W, 91-83: 32 Points (11/14 FG, 1/2 3FG, 9/10 FT) 10 rebounds, 2 assists
Jordan Baker – Alberta Golden Bears – CW
Fresh off a summer with international duty with Team Canada, Baker exploded for a 30 points and a career-high 24 rebounds performance in the opener as Alberta narrowly escaped the Bisons. He was effective again the following with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Nov 4. vs. Manitoba Bisons, W, 91-81: 30 points (12/18 FG, 3/5 3FG, 3/4 FT) 24 rebounds, 5 assists
Nov 5. vs. Manitoba Bisons:, L, 85-83: 21 Points (8/16 FG, 0/4 3FG, 5/5 FT) 9 rebounds, 4 steals assists
Kyle Coston – Trinity Western Spartans – CW
Don’t blame Coston for the Spartans slow start. Kyle kept the Spartans competitive in two games against Victoria Vikes and should continue to be amongst the top scorers and household name in the weekly top performers.
Nov 4. vs. Victoria Vikes, L, 93-79: 20 points (6/16 FG, 2/7 3FG, 6/6 FT) 4 rebounds
Nov 5. vs. Victoria Vikes, L, 86-75: 27 Points (9/20 FG, 4/7 3FG, 5/6 FT) 9 rebounds, 3 blocks
Ryan Mackinnon – Victoria Vikes – CW
Was nearly perfect in the first-half of the Canada West opener, Mackinnon canned 6-of-7 three-pointers on his way to a game-high 28 points. Was held slightly in check the next evening but managed to score 17 points as the Vikes stole two key games on the Spartans home floor.
Nov 4. vs. TWU Spartans, W, 93-79: 28 points (11/18 FG, 2/2 3FG) 3 rebounds
Nov 5. vs. TWU Spartans, W, 86-75: 17 Points (6/9 FG, 2/2 3FG, 4/4 FT) 4 rebounds
Kevin Oliver – Manitoba Bisons – CW
The fourth-year 6’7 guard/forward had an outstanding start to the 2011-12 campaign. He racked up a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Bisons fell to Alberta in the first game. Was slightly off the mark in the second game of the series but his 15 points and five rebounds helped Manitoba pull off the upset.
Nov 4. vs. Alberta, L, 91-81: 24 points (9/18 FG, 4/8 3FG, 2/6 FT) 11 rebounds
Nov 5. vs. Alberta, W, 85-83: 15 Points (5/18 FG, 2/9 3FG, 3/3 FT) 5 rebounds
Tyler Fidler – Calgary Dinos
Emerick Ravier – Brandon Bobcats
Chad Kok – Thompson Rivers Wolfpack
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson – Calgary Dinos
Zac Andrus – Victoria Vikes
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.
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