CIS men’s basketball: Carleton’s Scrubb becomes first three-time winner of MVP award


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OTTAWA (CIS) – Philip Scrubb, a fourth-year guard from thereigning three-time national champion Carleton University Ravens,was named the most outstanding player in CIS men’s basketballfor the third straight season, Wednesday.

The 21-year-old from Richmond, B.C., who kicked off his varsitycareer with CIS rookie-of-the-year honours back in 2010-11, becamethe first three-time winner of the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy.

Healso keeps the award in the Carleton family for the fourthconsecutive year and for the seventh time in the last ninecampaigns.

Scrubb was one of three Ravens announced as major award winnersfor the past season.

Older brother Thomas, a fourth-year forward, was named thenation’s top defensive player, while head coach Dave Smartadded to his record collection of Stuart W. Aberdeen MemorialTrophies, claiming the award for the fourth straight year and theseventh time overall.

Rounding out the list of recipients were UNB guard JavonMasters, who received the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as rookie of theyear, as well as Saint Mary’s forward Harry Ezenibe, whomerited the Ken Shields Award in recognition of his excellence inbasketball, academics and community involvement.

The ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketballchampionship gets under way Friday at Canadian Tire Centre inOttawa and culminates Sunday at 2 p.m. with the national final.Sportsnet has live television coverage of both semifinals and thegold-medal match, while all 10 games from the eight-team tournamentwill be streamed live in HD on

NOTE: The CIS award winners and all-Canadians will be honouredat centre court Friday evening between the third and fourthquarter-finals.


MIKE MOSERMEMORIAL TROPHY (player of the year): Philip Scrubb,Carleton

With his third MVP award, Scrubb broke a tie with six playerswho claimed the Moser Trophy on two occasions. The former CISrookie of the year also earned a spot on the first all-Canadianteam for the third straight campaign.

This season, the 6-foot-3 guard was once again the mostconsistent player on the top-ranked team in the country. He led theRavens in points (18.6) and assists (4.9) per game and ranked inthe top 10 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7 per game– third), three-point shooting (47.0% – fifth), free-throwpercentage (87.4 – eighth), assists, as well as points per 40minutes (27.0 – seventh).

Thanks in large part to his stellar play, Carleton went aperfect 22-0 in conference action for the third time in four years.The commerce student has helped the Ravens capture the nationaltitle in each of his first three campaigns with the team and wasnamed CIS championship MVP in 2012.

A product of Vancouver College, Scrubb was the only active CISplayer – and the youngest player overall – invited toCanada’s senior national team camp last summer. A formermember of the junior national squad, he has already represented thecountry at a number of international competitions, including the2013 Summer Universiade and the 2011 Pan American Games.

“Phil has been the guy we have gone through for four yearsand without him, there could never have been the success that wehave had,” said head coach Dave Smart. “He is anextremely talented player who is a full team guy over everythingelse.”

The other finalists for the Moser Trophy were Acadia forwardOwen Klassen, McGill guard Vincent Dufort and Alberta forwardJordan Baker.


Scrubb, who hails from Richmond, B.C., is named CIS defensiveMVP for the first time after claiming the award for the secondstraight year in the OUA East.

In his fourth season with the Ravens, the 6-foot-6 forward wasonce again the anchor of a defensive unit that finished first inthe OUA and second in the country in league play for fewest pointsallowed (62.2 per game) and kept its opponents to a 36.0 shootingpercentage, also good for second in the nation. The neurosciencestudent was a force under the baskets with 8.4 total rebounds and6.2 defensive boards per contest, ranking him seventh in CIS inboth categories. He also chipped in offensively with 13.2 pointsper outing and a CIS-best 91.7 success rate from the free-throwline.

Scrubb saw his efforts from the regular season recognized withhis first selection on the top OUA East all-star unit. He had beenselected to the second team a year ago, before being named MVP ofboth the OUA Wilson Cup and the CIS Final 8. He later earned a spoton the Summer Universiade team alongside his brother Philip.

“Tommy has been asked to cover the best player on theother team every game regardless of position for two years,”said coach Dave Smart. “He has deferred other offensiveaspects of his game to do that. If not for him I have no idea howwe would stop anyone. He doesn’t defend one position, hedefends four positions, very few can do that.”

Acadia forward Owen Klassen, Concordia forward Zach Briseboisand Victoria guard Reiner Theil were also in the running fordefensive-MVP honours.

DR. PETERMULLINS TROPHY (rookie of the year): Javon Masters,UNB

A native of Kitchener, Ont., Masters is the first UNB player towin the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy and only the third recipient fromthe AUS conference, after UPEI’s Deontay Smith a year ago andDalhousie’s Shawn Plancke in 1993.

To say the 6-foot guard had an immediate impact in hisuniversity debut would be a major understatement. The arts studentaccomplished a rare feat by claiming the national scoring title asa freshman thanks to a spectacular average of 27.4 points per game,outscoring Acadia standout Owen Klassen by over seven points perouting in the AUS race. His stellar play earned him a spot on thefirst AUS all-star team and on the second all-Canadian squad,another rare feat for a first-year player.

Masters, who topped the Atlantic conference in three-pointshooting percentage (42.4) and finished second in free-throwaccuracy (88.8%), wasted no time making his way into the AUS recordbooks. His 215 free throws made, the highest total in CIS thisyear, are a new season mark for the league, while his 547 totalpoints rank second all-time. His 20 hits from the charity stripe onNov. 15 against UPEI also rank second in AUS annals.

The 19-year-old, who was the most utilized player in theMaritimes and the second most in the country during the regularseason with an average of 35.4 minutes per contest, helped theVarsity Reds finish with a .500 record (10-10) for the first timesince 2003-04 and advance to the playoffs for only the second timein the last eight years.

“We are extremely pleased that Javon has been recognizedfor the outstanding season he has put together for the VarsityReds,” said head coach Brent Baker. “He has made amajor impact on our program and will continue to do so as heprogresses through his career at UNB. Leading the country inscoring as a freshman is a rare and specialaccomplishment.”

McGill guard Dele Ogundokun, Brock forward Dani Elgadi andAlberta forward Mamadou Gueye were the other nominees.

STUART W.ABERDEEN MEMORIAL TROPHY (coach of the year): Dave Smart,Carleton

With seven CIS coach-of-the-year awards in only 15 campaigns,Smart now has three more Aberdeen Trophies than legendary sidelinebosses Ken Shields and Bruce Enns. His four consecutive nationalawards are also two more than any other coach in history.

This season, he led the Ravens to an unblemished 22-0 conferencemark for the third time in four years and the sixth time overall.He improved his all-time record in league play to a mind-boggling303-23 (.929), with nine of those losses coming in his first yearas head coach, which also marked the only time during his tenurethat Carleton failed to finish atop the OUA East standings.

The Ravens were once again one of the best teams in the countryat both ends of the court in 2013-14, placing second in both pointsscored (94.2 per game) and fewest points allowed (62.2). Onoffence, they had the best success rate in CIS in field goals(49.5%), three-point field goals (44.3%) and free throws (77.7%),and were also tops in the nation in rebound margin (+16.1) andfewest turnovers per game (11.0). On defence, they held theiropponents to a 36.0 shooting percentage, good for second placenationally. Not surprisingly, Carleton topped all 14 weekly coachespolls published over the course of theschedule.

Going into this week’s CIS championship, Smart has guidedhis troops to 392 victories in 424 regular and post-season gamessince 1999-2000, for a spectacular winning percentage of .925. TheRavens have claimed eight OUA banners under his leadership and, ayear ago, became the most decorated team in CIS men’sbasketball history thanks to their ninth W.P. McGee Trophy triumph,all in the past 11 seasons.

Smart has been an assistant coach with Canada’s seniornational team since 2012.

“Dave has done a remarkable job with our men’sbasketball program. Not only has he recruited and developed topstudent-athletes, he has instilled positive values and a strongwork ethic which will make them successful well pastgraduation,” said Jennifer Brenning, director of athletics atCarleton. “Dave is one of the hardest working coaches and weare delighted that he has been recognized for all that he hasachieved.”

The other finalists were Acadia’s Stephen Baur,McGill’s David DeAveiro and Victoria’s CraigBeaucamp.

KEN SHIELDSAWARD (basketball, academics & community service): HarryEzenibe, Saint Mary’s

Ezenibe, a native of Igbo-Ukwu, Nigeria, became the first SaintMary’s student-athlete to merit the Ken Shields Award. He wasthe AUS nominee for the second straight year.

On the court, the 6-foot-4 forward averaged 9.0 points per gamein his fifth and final campaign. He finished second in the AUSconference in field goal percentage (58.2) and was fourth inrebounding (7.7 per game).

In the classroom, the two-time Academic All-Canadian iscompleting a double major in sociology and criminology andmaintains a 3.6 GPA. He is a 2013 recipient of the SaintMary’s student leadership award, given to a student whoexhibits leadership qualities within the classroom and in thecommunity.

Ezenibe spends a great amount of time volunteering with youth inthe community and hopes to eventually establish what he has dubbedthe “Harry Cares” project as a means of giving backby empowering and creating opportunities for youth in Nigeriaand other parts of the world. Some of the many other activities hevolunteers his time with include: Huskies basketball camps andspring leagues; Motionball, an event that raises funds andawareness for Special Olympics Canada; as well as Autism NovaScotia, the Pathways to Education program, and the Just Believeprogram.

In November, he was invited by Toronto Raptors general managerMasai Ujiri to speak at the opening of the Giants of Africafoundation.

“Harry is completely selfless,” said Huskies headcoach Jonah Taussig. “He is always looking out for thegreater good whether it be with his teammates or the youth he workswith in the community. He is always looking to make a positivedifference in the lives of the people around him.”

Bishop’s Scott Ring, Carleton’s Kevin Churchill andFraser Valley’s Jasper Moedt were also nominated.


The all-Canadian teams were also announced on Wednesday.

Joining Philip Scrubb on the first squad was a foursome offorwards, including Owen Klassen of Acadia and Jordan Baker ofAlberta, the AUS and Canada West MVPs, as well as Terrell Evans ofVictoria and Lien Phillip of Windsor.

Klassen, Baker and Phillip, like Scrubb, are all repeatall-Canadians. Klassen was voted to the top unit a year ago and tothe second in 2012. Baker was named to the first squad in 2012,while Phillip improved from his second-team selection lastseason.

In addition to Masters, the second CIS dream team for 2013-14 iscomprised of McGill guard Vincent Dufort, the RSEQ MVP, as well asOttawa wing Johnny Berhanemeskel, Carleton forward Tyson Hinz andSaskatchewan guard Stephon Lamar.

Hinz, the 2010-11 CIS player of the year, had been voted to thefirst unit each of the past three campaigns. Lamar was also afirst-team member a year ago.

The first-year standouts joining Masters as ’13-14all-rookies are McGill guard Dele Ogundokun and forwards AndreArruda of Manitoba, Dani Elgadi of Brock and Mamadou Gueye ofAlberta.


Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of theyear): Philip Scrubb, Carleton
Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb,Carleton
Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year):Javon Masters, UNB
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (coach of theyear): Dave Smart, Carleton
Ken Shields Award (basketball, academics & communityservice): Harry Ezenibe, Saint Mary’s


Pos. Athlete University Year Hometown Faculty

F JordanBaker Alberta 5 Edmonton,Alta. Graduate Studies
F Terrell Evans Victoria 5 Las Vegas,Nev. Social Sciences
F Owen Klassen Acadia 5 Kingston,Ont. Kinesiology
F Lien Phillip Windsor 5 St. Marks,Grenada Business
G Philip Scrubb Carleton 4 Richmond,B.C. Commerce


W Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa 4 Ottawa,Ont. Sociology
G Vincent Dufort McGill 3 SmithsFalls, Ont. Ph. & Health Education
F Tyson Hinz Carleton 5 Ottawa,Ont. Commerce
G Stephon Lamar Saskatchewan 4 San Diego,Calif. Arts & Science
G Javon Masters UNB 1 Kitchener,Ont. Arts


F Andre Arruda Manitoba 1 Winnipeg,Man. University 1
F Dani Elgadi Brock 1 Waterloo,Ont. Visual Arts
F Mamadou Gueye Alberta 1 Quebec City,Que. Campus St. Jean
G Javon Masters UNB 1 Kitchener,Ont. Business Admin.
G Dele Ogundokun McGill 1 Hamilton,Ont. Eco. & Accounting

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