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Berhanemeskel is OUA Player of the Year, Derouin Coach of the Year

Thursday March 5, 2015
Johnny Berhanemeskel in action.
Richard Whittaker

Ontario University Athletics released its men’s basketball all-stars and major award winners on Thursday morning and four Gee-Gees have been recognized. Johnny Berhanemeskel capped off his five-year OUA career with an outstanding regular season that has him taking home the 2014-15 OUA Player of the Year Award while Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin has been named the OUA Coach of the Year following an 18-1 season which saw the Gee-Gees rise to the no. 1 ranking in the CIS.

Caleb Agada was named to the OUA First Team of All-Stars and Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue was named to the Second Team. It is the first All-Star award for both players.

Berhanemeskel led the conference in scoring with 23.2 points per game and has been named a First-Team All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. After being a walk-on to the Gee-Gees in his rookie season Berhanemeskel flourished at uOttawa, quickly developing into an elite scorer. He has since become one of the most complete players in the game. Whether it’s shooting, ball handling or defence, Berhanemeskel provides it all. He finished third in OUA in made three-pointers with 52 and had the third best three-point shooting percentage.  Berhanemeskel ranked seventh in field goal percentage at 55.5% and tied for third in assists per game with 4.5.

The Ottawa native closes his career with 2000 regular season points – the third highest in OUA history and the most among guards. Berhanemeskel played in every game of his five year career and holds a career points per game average of 19.0.

Derouin takes home the coaching award for the first time in his five years as head coach of the Gee-Gees. The Ottawa native has molded a highly efficient offensive unit which has led the nation in scoring for the past two years. This season the garnet and grey also ranked third in the OUA in defence (seventh in the nation) and have displayed remarkable depth and team chemistry on the court.

This is well deserved and a fitting honour for James,” said uOttawa’s interim Director of Sports Services, Colin Timm. “In just under 5 years, he has surrounded himself with a great coaching staff and methodically recruited and developed these young men into some of the best talent in the country. Leadership is key to a team’s success and he has created the best possible environment for the student-athletes to succeed.”

Ottawa’s second-leading scorer with 15.8 points per game, Agada finished sixth in OUA with 31 steals in 19 games, ranked eighth with 7.9 rebounds per game, and shot 54.1% from the field. He appeared in all 19 of Ottawa’s games and broke the 20-point mark on seven occasions.

Ottawa centre Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue is a second-team all-star after averaging 10.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and a shooting a league-leading 58.3% from the field.

The OUA Major Award winners will be recognized on the court at this weekend’s Wilson Cup Final Four, presented by Recharge with Milk. Tickets for the event are on sale through the Gee-Gees ticket page.