For the second season in a row, a member of the garnet and grey has been named the CIS men’s basketball Player of the Year. Mike L’Africain was presented with the Mike Moser trophy at the CIS All-Canadian Awards gala on Wednesday night in Vancouver after an impressive five-year career. Joining L’Africain on the major awards winners list this year is Caleb Agada, who became the first Gee-Gees player to receive the CIS Defensive Player of the Year award.
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L’Africain has led Ottawa’s rise during his five years in garnet and grey, orchestrating a potent and efficient offensive attack from point guard to bring Ottawa to the national tournament each of the last four seasons. This season the Oakville, Ont., native demonstrated the full range of his abilities by leading Ottawa in points (20.4 per game), and assists (101) which were both career highs. He also led the Gee-Gees in minutes (31.4 per game), three-pointers (51 at 41.8 per cent), and free throws (67 at 85.9 per cent), over the course of a 17-2 regular season and added 36 steals at the defensive end.
"A coach will always tell a point guard that he is responsible for one thing only and that’s the team winning. Mike has made that happen for his whole career and it is a testament to his work ethic and his love for the game,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. "Players love to play with Mike and he’s always been a team-first guy, so to see him get this recognition is really special.”
L’Africain was named to the CIS All-Rookie team in 2011-12. He leaves uOttawa as the team’s all-time leader in assists (406) and fourth in career points at 1272. He was also named a CIS First Team All-Canadian this season.
Caleb Agada’s quickness and strength make him an imposing presence both on the perimeter and on the glass. The Burlington, Ont., product pulled down 8.6 rebounds per game to lead Ottawa and rank and picked up 2.7 steals per game, which ranked fifth in CIS.
“Caleb has built a lot of respect as a defender over his career,” explains Derouin. “He’s an on-the-ball defender, shoots gaps extremely well, and in particular his defensive rebounding as a guard is incredible. He’s always guarding the best perimeter player and he’s a game-changing defender when he’s on the floor.”
Agada was a member of Canada’s development men’s national team at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, and was named to the OUA First Team All-Stars in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
The Gee-Gees, seeded third, will tip-off competition at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketball championship on Thursday against Dalhousie at 3 p.m. (6 ET) in quarter-final action. The game can be viewed on www.CIS-SIC.tv.