Five years with the Gee-Gees, endless highlights and a long list of accolades has led Mike L’Africain to Portugal to play professional basketball for CAB Madeira of the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol (LPB), which is the top men’s basketball league in Portugal.
He ends his uOttawa career with 97 games played, 1272 total points, 406 assists (school record) and a 46.2 field goal percentage. He finished off his last season (2015-16) as the OUA player of the year and the CIS men’s basketball player of the year. He was also the OUA east rookie of the year and was named to the CIS all-rookie team back in 2011-12. He leaves the Gee-Gees as the all-time assists leader, all-time wins leader and 4th all-time scorer.
Coach James Derouin told the CIS after the 2015-16 CIS player of the year announcement:
“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. 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 will look to bring that work ethic and leadership over to his new club in Portugal while proving his worth at the professional level.
Congratulations to Mike on signing his first professional contract and we thank him for giving the Gee-Gees community so much to cheer about over the course of his five-year career.