Caleb Agada was announced as the U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday night at the All-Canadian Awards Gala in Halifax. The fifth-year Gee-Gee was also recognized with a place on the Second Team of All-Canadians – the first such honour for the economics student from Burlington, Ont.
Agada won the national defensive award for the second year in a row thanks to an outstanding combination of steals, rebounds and solid face-up defending. The 6-foot-4 guard continued to make the most of his length and quickness and collected 49 steals this season to rank third in U SPORTS with 2.9 per game. Agada was also the second-leading rebounder for Ottawa, pulling down 6.4 per game. A three-time OUA First Team All-Star, Agada finishes his career with 578 rebounds and 1137 points in regular season play, and represented Canada at the 2015 Summer Universiade.
"Caleb continued his explosive play on the defensive end again this year. His length, speed and anticipation make a threat to steal a pass, block a shot or pull down a big defensive rebound at any time,” explains uOttawa head coach James Derouin. "Caleb showed this year he could guard all five positions and lead his team to become one of the top defences in the country."
Agada is the fourth player to repeat as U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year and the only winner from uOttawa. The award was first presented in 2005.
The 2017 ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Final 8 gets under way Thursday, March 9, at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S., hosted by Dalhousie University. Semifinals will be airing live on Sportsnet 360 and SN Now on Saturday, March 11 at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET, with the finals airing Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. ET. The rest of the tournament will be available for online streaming at TV1 webcast.