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Gee-Gees reload with OUA All-Star Alex Ratté

Wednesday May 21, 2014
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John Sabourin, Action Event Photos

The third-highest scorer in CIS basketball last season made it official Wednesday afternoon that he will return to his hometown of Ottawa to join the Gee-Gees men’s basketball program. Alex Ratté played the first three years of his university career at Laurentian University where he led the Voyageurs in scoring for the past two seasons and earned two OUA East All-Star awards.

At uOttawa the 6-foot-3 guard will pursue a Master’s Degree in Human Kinetics with a concentration in sports management. On the court, Ratté will begin 2014 in his fourth year of eligibility and adds another immense offensive threat to the already high calibre Gee-Gees lineup. Ottawa led the CIS in points scored per game last season on the way to capturing the OUA championship and second place at the CIS Final 8.  

“We are thrilled that he has come home to finish off his career and complete his Master’s degree. He will slide right in with this group of guys, as his style of play is perfect for what we do here,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin.

Ratté recorded a career high 24.5 points per game last season for the Voyageurs and proved to have tremendous ability from all over the floor. He led the OUA in field goals made with 200 last season (.440) while coming in second for three-pointers made with 62 (.350).

“The group of guys here have been extremely welcoming so the process of building chemistry has gone very well. I’m from Ottawa but I haven’t lived here in a long time so it’s almost like a new environment for me and that’s something that I thrive in. I love adapting to challenging situations,” commented Ratté. “I’m also a very fierce competitor so coming here and having the opportunity to play for a team with so much talent was one that I could simply not pass up.”

“The X-factor for me in coming to Ottawa was the opportunity to play in front of my friends and family. I have been away from home for a long time so coming back here will be extremely comforting. I also have to give thanks to coach Derouin who was very supportive and made this move a lot easier for me than it potentially could have been,” said Ratté.

Ratté’s career average over three seasons stands at 20.2 points per game. Last season saw Ratté surpass 30 points in a game five times, including a dominant 48 point performance against the Windsor Lancers.

“Alex has to be the total package on the offensive end of the floor. He’s as good a scorer as I’ve seen in this league. He has the ability to shoot, post up, and attack the basket all the while making his teammates better,” says Derouin.  “He has given our defence fits for years.”

Ratté will have the advantage of already knowing some players on the Gee-Gees as he has trained with many of them in previous off seasons. Being from Ottawa Ratté also had the chance to play with Johnny Berhanemeskel on the Ottawa Phoenix club when the pair were in high school. With the majority of the off-season still ahead of him, Ratté will have plenty of time to fit in with his new team and prepare to defend the Wilson Cup.

uOttawa’s summer exhibition schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. OUA regular season action will begin on November 5, with the full schedule announcement expected June 1.

Alex Ratté’s career statistics:

Alex Ratté's statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

FG

3P FG

FT

 

 

REB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season

Team

GP

MIN

MPG

M/A

%

M/A

%

M/A

%

Pts

PPG

O

D

Tot

RPG

Ast

PF

To

Stl

Blk

2011-12

Laurentian

19

535

28.2

113/229

49.0%

16/44

36.0%

36/49

73.0%

278

14.6

20

50

70

3.7

39

49

38

16

9

2012-13

Laurentian

20

631

31.6

161/339

47.0%

32/95

34.0%

63/81

78.0%

417

20.9

18

71

89

4.5

50

59

66

19

6

2013-14

Laurentian

22

762

34.6

200/456

44.0%

62/176

35.0%

76/87

87.0%

538

24.4

27

86

113

5.1

93

41

81

27

4

Totals

 

61

1928

31.6

474/1024

46.3%

110/315

34.9%

175/217

80.6%

1233

20.2

65

207

272

4.5

182

149

185

62

19