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Gibson-Bascombe finishes CIS career as first team all Canadian

Monday March 22, 2010

There’s no denying that Josh Gibson-Bascombe has left his mark on the landscape of men’s CIS basketball.

The fifth-year guard from Toronto, Ontario has been a dominant force for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees since he started with the program in 2005. 

Over time, Gibson-Bascombe became one of the best players not only in the OUA but in the entire nation.

At the end of his freshmen season, Josh was named the 2005-2006 OUA East Rookie of the Year despite suiting up in just 10 games that year. Gibson-Bascombe still put up decent numbers with 105 points and 39 rebounds.

From there, he was named as a member of the OUA East All Stars for four straight years, scoring over three hundred points in 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.

This year, he had his best season ever with 443 points.

In 2007 and 2009, Gibson-Bascombe played a key role in the Gee-Gees run at a national championship.

In 2006-2007, the Gee-Gees were CIS semi-finalists, last season uOttawa was the consolation champion.

This season, Josh was the OUA nominee for the Mike Moser Award as CIS player of the year. He was one of four OUA players to average more than 20 points per game, with 20.1 in 22 games.

Gibson-Bascombe led all of OUA with 137 assists and 53 steals. He also contributed 107 rebounds and eight blocks. 

uOttawa’s offensive leader shot 45.8 percent from the field on 140-of-306 shooting and was an OUA East first-team all-star.

The Social Science major from Toronto’s Jarvis Collegiate will leave uOttawa as the Gee-Gees all-time leading scorer with 1571 points.

His crowning glory came last week when he was selected as a first team All Canadian prior to the start of the CIS championships at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

Josh lost out to another Josh as CIS Player of the Year when UBC’s Josh Whyte picked up the award, but around the University of Ottawa, Gibson-Bascombe will be number one in everybody’s hearts for an awful long time.