Mike L’Africain Named Player of the Year in Canadian University Basketball
Mike L’Africain made it the second straight Ottawa Gee-Gee to earn the CIS player of the year, following in the footsteps of Johnny Berhane last year, who is currently excelling as a PRO in Estonia
The CIS announced L’Africain for this recognition known as the Mike Moser Memorial trophy last night, along with the rest of the National awards.
The senior point guard from Oakville, Ontario has been a major building block for this Ottawa Gee-Gee’s program and their rise to the top in CIS basketball. He and Ottawa have been to national’s the last four seasons, with a final chance in 2016 to win it all, for the first time.
L’Africain lead Ottawa to a CIS-best 17-2 regular season record, registering team and career-highs of 20.4 PPG and 5.3 APG, while leaving the program as its all-time leader in assists.
Ottawa Head Coach James Derouin told the CIS:
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.
Javon Masters (UNB), Kewyn Blain (UQAM), Thomas Cooper (Calgary) were nominees for player of the year.
For full breakdown of the CIS Awards, click here
Caleb Agada – Defensive Player of the Year
Isaiah Osborne – Rookie of the Year
Patrick Tatham – Coach of the Year
Vincent Dufort – Student-Athlete Community Service Award
2015-2016 CIS MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Mike L’Africain, Ottawa
Defensive player of the year: Caleb Agada, Ottawa
Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Isiah Osborne, Windsor
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (TIMEX coach of the year): Patrick Tatham, Ryerson
Ken Shields Award (basketball, academics & community service): Vincent Dufort, McGill
Pos. – Athlete – University – Year – Hometown – Academic Program
G – Michael L’Africain – Ottawa – 5 – Oakville, Ont. – Communications
G – Thomas Cooper – Calgary – 4 – Chattanooga, Tenn. Social Sciences
G – Javon Masters – UNB – 3 – Kitchener, Ont. – Arts
G – Kewyn Blain – UQAM – 3 – Saint-Léonard, Que. – Physical Education
F – Dani Elgadi – Brock – 3 – Waterloo, Ont. – Undeclared Arts
G – Aaron Best – Ryerson – 5 – Scarborough, Ont. – Business Management
G – Tyler Scott – UPEI – 4 – Halifax, N.S. – Arts
G – Kevon Parchment – Fraser Valley – 5 – Scarborough, Ont. – Kinesiology & Phy. Ed.
G – Kaza Kajami-Keane – Carleton – 4 – Ajax, Ont. – Communications
G – Jordan Jensen-Whyte – UBC – 4 – Calgary, Alta. – Arts
G – Isiah Osborne – Windsor – 1 – Windsor, Ont. – Human Kinetics
F – Brody Clarke – Alberta – 1 – Toronto, Ont. – Engineering
F – Abdul Kamane – Bishop’s – 1 – Montreal, Que. – Sociology
G – Jordan Aquino-Serjue – Dalhousie 1 – Montreal, Que. – Kinesiology
G – Chan De Ciman – Saskatchewan – 1 Regina, Sask. – Engineering