Season record: 18-4 (OUA)
Playoff record: 1-2 (OUA bronze medal loss to Lakehead)
Although the Gee-Gees may have lost their chance at the CIS finals this year, they should be more than proud of what they have accomplished this past season.
Fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) became the Gee-Gees all-time leading scorer with 1,571 points after a 443 point season in 2009-2010. Gibson-Bascombe is now eighth overall in OUA men’s basketball scoring history. The Toronto native was also named a first team all Canadian at the end of his fifth and final year at uOttawa.
Another highlight was the emergence of second year guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) as the next go-to-guy on offence in the Gee-Gees line-up. Ward had an exceptional sophomore season for the Gee-Gees picking up 401 points and 149 rebounds in 22 games. We can’t help but look forward to more great things from this Gee-Gee.
It wasn’t only the players who were honoured. Head coach David DeAveiro also picked up his third OUA East coach of the year award.
This year, the team will lose two graduating players, Josh Gibson-Bascombe and guard Donnie Gibson (Kingston, Ont.). Seeing both players go will be extremely difficult, not just for their athletic ability, but also for the leadership they brought to the court.
“Donnie and Josh took a group of young inexperienced players to an 18-4 league record and a No. 5 national ranking,” said David DeAveiro, Gee-Gees head coach.
“With Donnie, Josh and Warren we had one of the best backcourts in the country. I am extremely proud of this group and what they have achieved.”
In regards to next season, DeAveiro adds that “with Donnie and Josh graduating, Warren will be the main catalyst. With the return of Jacob Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) and the continued growth of Max Clarkson (Peterborough, Ont.) and Ryan Malcolm-Campbell (Mississauga, Ont.) the backcourt will be solid. Up-front remains the same, a lot will be expected from the big men in the paint.
Although Donnie and Josh are moving on, the expectations and goals remain the same: excellence!”
Thursday April 15, 2010