Big Man on Campus has early word on the OUA West men's basketball awards:
Player of the year — Windsor C Greg Surmacz (Peterborough, Ont.). The big man has averaged 19.7 points and 7.6 boards for the Lancers despite constant double-teaming all season. He has a strong case for the Mike Moser Trophy, but it would help his cause if Windsor can qualify for the Final 8.
Coach of the year — Western's Brad Campbell. It's the second in two years for the Ottawa native, who has piloted the Mustangs and their up-tempo offence to a 19-3 conference record.
First team — Surmacz, C, Windsor; Keenan Jeppesen, F, Western (Stoney Creek, Ont.); Kiraan Posey, F, Lakehead (Baltimore, Md.); Kale Harrison, F, Laurier (Stratford, Ont.); Bradley Smith, F, Western (Innisfil, Ont.)
There is no true guard, let alone a point guard, on the squad. Brad Rootes' and Ryan Steer's graduations left a bit of a void in the division.
Second team — Mouctar Diaby, C, McMaster (Hamilton, Ont.); Owen White, F, Brock (Port Hope, Ont.); Isaac Kuon, F-G, Windsor (Mississauga); Jesse MacDonald, G, Laurier (Brantford, Ont.); Nick Pankerichan, Guelph (Hamilton, Ont.).
Guelph C Duncan Milne (13.0 points, 6.6 rebounds) probably warranted a long look, but Diaby (11.6, 8.6) gives the third-place team in the division an all-star. Waterloo is the only team not represented.