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
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
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
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
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