Bourque becomes eighth McGill basketball player to earn CIS All-Canadian honours

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Francois Bourque

QUEBEC CITY – Francois Bourque of Terrebonne, Que., has become the eighth player in McGill Redmen basketball history to earn all-Canadian status. He was honoured at the All-Canadian gala in Quebec City, Wednesday.

Bourque, a 6-foot-5, 192-pound power forward, made the CIS second team, joining a list that includes Vincent Dufort (2014), Matt Thornhill (2010), and Domenico Marcario (2002). Other Redmen honorees were Joey Farroba and Charlie Galbraith, who both made the first team in 1976-77, plus Pierre Brodeur (second team, 1969-70) and Nasko Golomeev (first team, 1968-69).

Bourque, who was the league’s rookie of the year last season, was voted as the RSEQ player of the year this season. He led the conference in offensive, defensive and total rebounds per game with averages of 3.1, 5.8 and 8.9, respectively. The 22-year-old economics major was tops in the league with five “double-doubles”. He ranked 11th among league scoring leaders in points per game (10.4), was seventh in field-goal shooting (.414) and ninth in blocked shots (0.6).

The ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS championship, hosted by Ryerson University, gets underway Thursday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre and culminates Sunday at 3 p.m. with the national final, live on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE. Saturday’s semifinals are also live on Sportsnet 360 (6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.), while all other games from the eight-team tournament are set to air on Rogers TV, Rogers TV Sports + and Super Sports Pak. All 11 contests will also be webcast on www.CIS-SIC.tv.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index
 
Other CIS award winners announced during the awards gala held at Uniun Nightclub in Toronto were Johnny Berhanemeskel, a fifth-year guard from the University of Ottawa, was named the CIS player of the year, Carleton wing-forward Thomas Scrubb, who was voted the defensive player of the year for a second straight season; Brock guard Johneil Simpson, who received the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as rookie of the year; Ottawa’s James Derouin, who merited the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as the TIMEX coach of the year; as well as Memorial forward Noel Moffatt, who earned the Ken Shields Award in recognition of his excellence in basketball, academics and community involvement.
 
Joining Bourque on the all-Canadian teams were major award winners Johnny Berhanemeskel and Thomas Scrubb on the first squad along with conference MVPs Chris McLaughlin of Victoria (19.8 ppg / 10.0 rpg) and Javon Masters of UNB (25.1 ppg), as well as Carleton guard Philip Scrubb (16.6 ppg), who wraps up his sensational university career with a fourth consecutive selection on the top unit.
 
After being named the CIS rookie of the year back in 2011, Philip Scrubb claimed three straight Mike Moser Memorial Trophies from 2012 to 2014 to become the first three-time recipient of the award. Masters had also been honoured by CIS a year ago, when he found a spot alongside Berhanemeskel on the second all-Canadian team in addition to being voted the rookie of the year.
 
The second CIS dream team also included Calgary guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (19.3 ppg), Ryerson guard Jahmal Jones (17.2 ppg), UPEI guard Tyler Scott (23.9 ppg), UBC forward Tommy Nixon (20.8 ppg). 
 
Of the group, only Jones had been honoured at the national level in the past, earning all-rookie status in 2011.
 
The first-year standouts joining Johneil Simpson as 2014-15 all-rookies are Acadia guard Ben Miller (9.3 ppg), Calgary guard Lars Schlueter (9.3 ppg), Laval wing Alexandre Leclerc (11.5 ppg) and Wilfrid Laurier wing Luke Allin (7.2 ppg).
 
2014-15 CIS MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
 
Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa
Defensive player of the year: Thomas Scrubb, Carleton
Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Johneil Simpson, Brock
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): James Derouin, Ottawa
Ken Shields Award (basketball, academics & community service): Noel Moffatt, Memorial

First Team

 

Pos.     Athlete                                    University       Year    Hometown                  Academic Program

 
G         Johnny Berhanemeskel            Ottawa             5          Ottawa, Ont.                Economics
F          Thomas Scrubb                        Carleton           5          Richmond, B.C.                       MBA
F          Chris McLaughlin        Victoria            5          Oakville, Ont.              Social Sciences
G         Javon Masters              UNB                2          Kitchener, Ont.                        Arts
G         Philip Scrubb               Carleton           5          Richmond, B.C.                       Commerce
 
Second Team
           
G         Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson    Calgary                        5          Winnipeg, Man.                       Arts
G         Jahmal Jones               Ryerson           5          Mississauga, Ont.         Bus. Tech. Management
G         Tyler Scott                   UPEI                3          Halifax, N.S.                Business Admin.
F          Tommy Nixon             UBC                5          Vancouver, B.C.          Kinesiology
F          François Bourque        McGill             2          Terrebonne, Que.         Economics
           
All-Rookie Team
           
G         Johneil Simpson          Brock               1          Toronto, Ont.               Sport Management
G         Ben Miller                    Acadia             1          Winnipeg, Man.                       Arts
G         Lars Schlueter              Calgary                        1          Ulm, Germany             Arts
W         Alexandre Leclerc       Laval               1          Saguenay, Que.                        Recreation
W         Luke Allin                   Wilfrid Laurier 1          Chatham, Ont.             Arts
 
 
For more information:

Earl Zukerman       
McGill Sports Info Office
514-398-7012

Michel Bélanger        
Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
belanger@universitysport.ca
 
Jim McLarty
Sports Information & Communications
Ryerson University
Off: 416-979-5000 ext. 7116
Cell: 416-402-8036
jim.mclarty@ryerson.ca

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