Debate away: Whyte (19.1 points and 4.6 assists in 28.8 minutes) took home the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as player of the year. He had the highest PER of any nominee and his team was No. 1 or No. 2 all season. The counter is that Whyte was fifth in PER behind two Canada West counterparts from the Prairie Division's Saskatchewan guard Showron Glover (the CIS scoring leader) and Calgary forward Ross Bekkering (third).
That being said, take nothing away from Whyte. Hanson, who's skipped UBC to a 23-2 record this season and earned his 500th career win, earned the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as coach of the year for the second time.
Hanson joins Carleton's Dave Smart and Brock's Ken Murray as the only active coaches to have won more than once.
Other award winners:
- Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Clinton Springer-Williams, Brock swingman. A little bit of history, as Springer-Williams and Badgers guard Didi Mukendi, the '08-09 winner, are the first teammates to win in consecutive seasons.
- Defensive player of the year: Phillip Nkrumah, Cape Breton combo forward. Second-time nominee who defends all five positions, led the AUS in steals (no mean feat for a forward), led his team in rebounding and assists and averaged a blocked shot per game despite the fact he's a 6-foot-4 player often giving up a couple inches in height.
- Ken Shields Award (outstanding student-athlete/community service): Andrew Sullivan, Dalhousie guard. He is a Rhodes Scholar candidate who's on the dean's list in engineering at Dal. That says it all.
- First team all-Canadians: UBC guard Josh Whyte, Saskatchewan guard Showron Glover, St. Francis Xavier guard Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw, Ottawa guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe, McMaster forward Keenan Jeppesen.
- Second team all-Canadians: McGill guard Matt Thornhill, Carleton forward Kevin McCleery, Calgary forward Ross Bekkering, Saint Mary’s guard Joey Haywood, Western forward Andrew Wedemire.
- Rookie all-Canadians: Brock swingman Clinton Springer-Williams, Acadia forward Owen Klassen, Alberta forward Jordan Baker, McGill guard Olivier Bouchard, Laurentian guard Manny Pasquale.
That being said, full value to the honourees.
This T-Bird Rules (Ottawa Citizen)
T-Birds' work under wake-up call, now ready for nationals as Hanson, Whyte scoop major CIS honours (Howard Tsumura, Vancouver Province)