It’s time for the year end awards and all-star teams in the OUA East.
With a successful regular season in the books for the men’s basketball team, it’s quite fitting that several Gee-Gees players and their head coach were selected for individual awards and spots on the conference all-star teams.
Fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe was named the player of the year in the OUA East after another fantastic campaign for the Garnet and Grey.
The Toronto native finished fourth in OUA regular season with 443 points, 72 turnovers, 137 assists, 107 rebounds and 53 steals.
He was also named to the East’s first all-star squad.
Gibson-Bascombe keeps adding to the long list of hardware he has accumulated over his five seasons at uOttawa.
In 2005-2006, the Social Science major was named the OUA East Rookie of the Year followed by four straight years of being named as an all-star.
Gibson-Bascombe is the Gee-Gees all-time leading scorer with 1571 points.
Gee-Gees head coach David DeAveiro was singled as the OUA East coach of the year for his terrific work at uOttawa leading the team to an 18-4 season.
DeAveiro picks up his third OUA East coach of the year honours after winning the award in 2006 and 2007.
“It’s definitely an honour to win the award,” said DeAveiro who is in his ninth season as the Gee-Gees head coach. There are a lot of great coaches in our league and to be elected by my peers for this award is quite special.
I have to give a lot of credit to our staff and the players who worked extremely hard this year. In September there were some people who weren’t giving us much of a chance to succeed this season but we proved them wrong.”
Second year guard Warren Ward earned his place on the second all-star team courtesy of a fine all around performance in 2009-2010.
The London, Ontario native was second in Gee-Gees team scoring with 401 points and chipped in with 149 rebounds and 32 steals.
First year forward Ryan Malcolm-Campbell from Mississauga, Ontario was named to the OUA East all rookie team after his freshman year with the Gee-Gees.
The Commerce major finished the regular season with 66 points, 54 rebounds and 17 steals.
“I’m very happy for all three players,” said DeAveiro.
“Josh has done everything for us this season with his play and leadership. He has put the young kids on his back and led them to the OUA East championship. This has been his best season with us on the floor and as a leader.”
DeAveiro questioned Ward’s place on the second team, thinking that he should have been awarded with a berth on the first squad.
“I truly believe that Warren should have been on the first team,” DeAveiro explained.
“I looked at the performances and stats of every player on that first team and thought that Warren’s play and numbers this season equaled or surpassed several of them. But he still has lots of time ahead of him to win awards.”
In regards to Malcolm-Campbell, DeAveiro was extremely happy to see that one of his main recruits was acknowledged for his fine play this past season.
“Nobody works harder than Ryan he brings an element of hustle, energy and determination whenever he enters a game.”
The Gee-Gees travel to Carleton on Saturday, March 6 to take on the Ravens in the OUA East final.
OUA East First Team All-Stars
Josh Gibson-Bascombe, uOttawa
Kevin McCleery, Carleton
Mitch Leger, Queen’s
Boris Backovic, Ryerson
Nick Magalas, Toronto
OUA East Second Team All-Stars
Warren Ward, uOttawa
Rob Paris, Toronto
Elliot Thompson, Carleton
Emanuel (Manny) Pasquale, Laurentian
David Tyndale, York
OUA East All-Rookie Team
Emanuel (Manny) Pasquale, Laurentian
Dejan Kravic, York
Tyson Hinz, Carleton
Ostap Choliy, York
Ryan Malcolm-Campbell, uOttawa
For more information on the other OUA East award winners log on to www.oua.ca