Basketball: Doerksen captures Moser Trophy

Mike Moser Memorial TrophyJacob Doerksen, forward, Trinity Western Spartans. The graduating Spartan's team fell one win short of a Final 8 trip, but enjoyed a turnaround season after going 4-19 in Canada West in 2007-08. Doerksen had the numbers, as he was the only player in the country to average 20 points and 10 rebounds, and his game score of 16.5 was second nationally to Ryerson big man Boris Bakovic (who wasn't even a second-team all-Canadian).

Defensive player of the yearRobert Saunders, guard, Carleton (Kingston, Ont.). The best defender on arguably the country's best defensive team, and he's an effective shooter and slasher on offence. The 6-foot-1 Saunders wasn't as long as his former teammate Ryan Bell, but his effort and intelligence made him a worthy inheritor of Bell's mantle.

Dr. Peter Mullins trophy (rookie of the year) Didi Mukendi, guard, Brock Badgers (St. Catharines, Ont.). The St. Catharines Standard already has a feature posted on Mukendi, who averaged 16 points and five rebounds for his hometown Badgers despite a hernia injury that will require surgery. Ontario readers might be interested to note that Mukendi pointed out that staying in high school a fifth year helped him as a player, even though he missed Brock's run to the national title.
"That one year I really matured," he said. "All the players from last year’s championship team always say I could have been on that team and rub it in, but I’m glad I stayed back."

"I wasn’t ready to go to university after my 12th year."
It is worth noting that, if memory serves, four of Carleton's starters spent an extra year in high school (Doornekamp, Saunders and Turnbull were in the first class that didn't have OAC and were affected by the double cohort).

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (coach of the year): Dave Smart, Carleton Ravens. Carleton is 33-1 this season and 7-0 vs. tournament teams, so it's Dave's due.

Ken Shields award (outstanding student-athlete): Jérôme Turcotte-Routhier, guard, Laval Rouge et Or. Schoolmate Benoit Groulx became the first player from a francophone school to win football's Hec Crighton Trophy last fall and Turcotte-Routhier became the first player from any Quebec school to win the outstanding student-athlete award. He made his impact all over the stats sheet (11.5 points, 7.3 boards, 4.0 assists) and off of it, has a 3.50 grade-point average (out of 4.33) and is involved with Lawyers Without Borders. (They do a lot a pro bono work. Where were they back in the summer of 2007?)

First team — Doerksen, F, TWU; Greg Surmacz, F-C, Windsor (Peterborough, Ont.); Damian Buckley, PG, Concordia (Montreal); Stu Turnbull, SG, Carleton (Kingston, Ont.); Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw, PG, St. Francis Xavier (Halifax).

Basically, the five conference MVPs make up the all-Canadian team, but acknowleding that takes out some of the suspense.

Second team Dany Charlery, G, Brandon (Montreal); Josh Gibson-Bascombe, G, Ottawa (Toronto); Phillip Nkrumah, G, Cape Breton (Brampton, Ont.); Ross Bekkering, F, Calgary (Taber, Alta.); Aaron Doornekamp, F, Carleton (Odessa, Ont.).

Doornekamp is the only fifth-year player on the second team.

All-rookie team — Mukendi, G, Brock; Casey Fox, G, Acadia (Halifax, N.S.); Sam Freeman, G, Fraser Valley (Burnaby, B.C.); Gregory St-Amand, G, UQAM (Laval, Que.); David Tyndale, G, York (Mississauga).

Badgers' Mukendi named CIS basketball rookie of the year (Bernie Pulchaski, St. Catharines Standard)
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  1. Dave Smart winning the Stu Aberdeen award certainly isn't a surprise.
    The real surprise is that he hasn't won it twice as many times as he has.
    Simply put, Smart is the Coach of The Decade.
    In ten seasons as the ravens head coach, his accomplishments are mind boggling...
    5 CIS championships, 5 Wilson Cups, over 300 wins and a winning percentage of well over 90%.
    He has not only turned a once mediocre program into a dynasty, he has almost single-handedly changed the entire culture of athletics at CU.
    Before Smart arrived, Carleton had zero national championships in nearly 60 years of existence.
    Now, the men's basketball team ranks as the 2nd greatest dynasty in history, and other sports are now reaping the benefits of their legacy.
    Carleton in the last few years has revived the men's hockey program and created a women's program.
    And former Smart assistant Taffe Charles led the women's basketball team to its best season ever with even better things to come in the future.
    The negative thought about Smart is how long will he stay at CU.
    Surely, a coach with his talent and dedication will soon be attracting offers south of the border, if not already.
    And to think at one time Smart was turned down flat for an assistant job with Queen's.

  2. I am not sure if he will leave the carleton.Sometime coaches are happy staying where theya re with the team there with and they like there city.Take brian Kilrae he had many offers to move up but he liked where he is the level and the city.