Turnbull was a good call if you go by the rule of thumb individual awards should be a byproduct of a team's accomplishment, which is a decent first principle to work from. The Kingston native is No. 1-ranked Carleton's leading scorer and outscored Gibson-Bascombe, 29-18 and 22-19, in the Ravens' season-series sweep of the Gee-Gees (heading into tonight's OUA East final). That's the end-of-story right there for many people. The statistical argument, going by the game scores which Rob Pettapiece compiled, provide at least a neat counter-point.
Bakovic had the highest game score in the country, 18.4. Gibson-Bascombe was second in the OUA and fifth in the CIS; Turnbull was 10th and 39th, respectively. Strictly for argument's sake, bearing in mind that as Rob notes, "Sophisticated metrics aren't really possible with the limited CIS stats we have available," here are the Top 10 players in the OUA by adjusted game score (national ranking in brackets, conference regular season only):
- Bakovic, Ryerson, 18.4 (1st)
- Gibson-Bascombe, Ottawa, 14.1 (5th)
- Aaron Doornekamp, Carleton, 12.0 (14th)
- Dax Dessureault, Ottawa, 11.4 (18th)
- Greg Surmacz, Windsor, 11.1 (21st)
- Keenan Jeppesen, Western, 10.9 (23rd)
- Matas Tirilis, Laurentian, 10.1 (33rd)
- Josh Wright, Ottawa, 10.0 (34th)
- Tut Ruach, York, 9.6 (36th)
- Turnbull, Carleton, 9.4 (39th)
Stats are a way to make a sense of the game from the outside looking in. The godfather himself, Bill James once said, "There are a lot of things that you just can't see from out here, folks. Dedication and leadership and desire and committment; I see glimpses of all that, but you just can't see those things clearly from the outside, and it's silly to pretend you can."
Those making the selections saw in Turnbull, a team leader who's put up solid numbers across the board (16.7 points and 5.1 boards). He's a guard who can score from inside and outside, play physical defence, bring the ball up the floor and help on the boards, where Carleton almost doubled the next-best team in rebounding margin.
It's a good argument, to say the least. Here's the OUA East awards:
MVP (and Moser Award finalist) — Turnbull, Carleton.
Rookie of the year — York guard David Tyndale (Mississauga). Averaged 15.1 points in his first season, pretty decent.
Top defender — Carleton guard Rob Saunders (Kingston, Ont.). Not a bad day for him and Turnbull, who have played in the same backcourt since they each learned to bounce a basketball.
Ken Shields Award nominee — Ottawa centre Dax Dessureault (Embrun, Ont.). It's the second major award in two years for big Dax, who was a somewhat contentious selection for defensive player of the year last season over then-Carleton guard Ryan Bell.
Coach of the year — Dave Smart, Carleton.
First team — Bakovic, F, Ryerson (Toronto, Ont.); Doornekamp, F, Carleton (Odessa, Ont.), Dessureault, C, Ottawa; Turnbull, G, Carleton (Kingston, Ont.); Gibson-Bascombe, G, Ottawa (Toronto).
Second team — Mitch Leger, F, Queen's (Kingston); Nick Magalas, G, Toronto (Burlington), Rob Paris, G, Toronto (St. Catharines); Tut Ruach, G, York (Mississauga);
Matas Tirilis, F, Laurentian (Mississauga).
Rookie team — Tyndale, G, York; John Lafontaine, G, York (Whitby, Ont.), Josh Budd, G, Ryerson; Timmins, Ont.); Kyle Smendziuk, F, Carleton (Kanata, Ont.); Warren Ward, G, Ottawa (Brampton).
Big Man on Campus has a confirmed list of OUA West award winners. That was covered off here previously, so just to add to that, here is the rookie team: Travis Berry, G, Laurier; Greg Carter, G, Lakehead (Ottawa); Scott Laws, G, McMaster; Didi Mukendi, G, Brock; Joel Whitty, G, Brock, Yoosrie Salhia, F, Lakehead.