Men's Basketball (Canada West)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOERKSEN NAMED MVP FOR CANADA WEST
EDMONTON - Canada West proudly announces the 2009 men's basketball individual major award winners and All-Stars, as selected by head coaches across the conference.
Trinity Western standout Jacob Doerksen has been selected as MVP. Doerksen, who finished third in Canada West scoring at 20.8 points per game and first in rebounding with 10.7/game, was the only player in the CIS to average more than 20 points per game and 10 rebounds. He led the Spartans back into the playoffs and to the third best record in Canada West at 17-6, which included a school record 12-game winning streak.
The third-year Business student finished the season is in the top seven in seven of the Canada West offensive and defensive categories. In addition to his scoring and rebounding he was second in field goal percentage at .537, second in offensive rebounding at 3.9 per contest, third in defensive rebounding at 6.7 a game, fifth in steals at 2.3 and seventh in blocked shots with 1.1 on a per-game basis, while averaging 35.9 minutes per game.
TWU men's basketball head coach Scott Allen said of his superstar, "Jacob continually amazes me on his improvement. He does so many intangibles to strengthen our play he strives for excellence on both ends of the court and is always willing to do what is best for the team. He is quiet and unassuming, but a gentleman who lives his life with integrity. He is loyal to his friends and sees the game of basketball as a way to grow and impact people around him positively."
The Fraser Valley Cascades' Sam Freeman is the Rookie of the Year.
Freeman was the leading rookie scorer in the 14-team conference, with 13.2 points per game. The key statistic which must be factored into the equation is that he accomplished this while averaging only 23 minutes per game. He was also the leading rookie in three-point shooting, free throw percentage and assist/turnover ratio. In fact, Freeman finished third overall in Canada West in free throw percentage.
"Sam Freeman was the MVP of our team as a freshman. His production per-minute-played was astounding. We needed him on the court at all times, and he played with the poise of a third or fourth year player," stated Fraser Valley head coach Barnaby Craddock.
Frank Bradley, Bedford Heights, Ohio, is the 2009 Canada West Defensive Player of the Year. Bradley, officially listed as a transfer from Vermillion College, walked on to the Simon Fraser Clan in August of 2008, and made an immediate impact. The Health Sciences Major, in his third year of eligibility, took on a starting role due to injuries suffered by the team.
Starting 21 of the Clan's 23 regular season games, Bradley led SFU with 33 steals, and was a constant pest to opposing teams best perimeter players. Bradley added 43 assists on the year, and hit the second most three-pointers on the team, 31, and helped SFU to a 14-11 regular season record.
"Frank always drew the toughest assignment, and was always giving total effort," said SFU head coach Scott Clark. "It was a surprise that he came to SFU, but we lucked out completely."
The Ken Shields Award nominee from Canada West is Chris Dyck of the UBC Thunderbirds. Dyck led the T-Birds in scoring, with 14 points per game, and was one of three fifth-years to captain the team to a 21-2 regular season record.
The Winnipeg native ranks eighth all-time in UBC history with 15.8 points per game and ranks in the top 15 with 1,594 points after just three years at UBC. He is among the CW all-time leaders in three-point attempts, and makes, and has been named to the Canada West Second-Team All-Star squad since the 2006-07 season. A team captain on the floor, Dyck has achieved great things off the court as well in his time at UBC. A student in the prestigious Saunder School of Business, he has maintained a 79.0% average in his studies at UBC while spending countless hours working on and off the court. Some of Dyck¹s community service includes working with Athletes in Action as a coach at camps, volunteering with Hoops for Hope (an AIDS awareness program), organizing bible study meetings with students, and representing the basketball team on the Thunderbird Athletic Council.
"Chris has been an exemplary ambassador for UBC and our men's basketball team," said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. "Obviously his athletic accomplishments speak for themselves but what he has done in the community as well as in the classroom makes him so special. He is the definition of a true student-athlete."
Canada West Coach of the Year is UBC bench boss Kevin Hanson.
Hanson guided the Thunderbirds to their fourth straight Pacific Division title this season, posting a 21-2 regular season record. One of the top teams in the country, UBC ranked No. 2 for most of the season and even hit No. 1 for one week and Hanson has been able to guide the T-Birds to a sterling two-loss campaign while managing one of the deepest benches in the country.
During the regular season, the T-Birds had 10 players that averaged at least 10 minutes per game, with none playing more than 26, and had eight players averaging at least six points per game. The Thunderbirds led the Canada West conference at 85.1 points per game. Hanson focused more on the defensive side of the ball, which resulted in being second in the conference in scoring defence at 66.1 points per contest, an improvement of 8.8 per game from last season. In addition, the T-Birds lead Canada West in scoring margin of +19, an increase of 10.4 points per game from last year.
"We are very proud of the accomplishments of the men's basketball team and know that this prestigious honor is reflective of Kevin's leadership ability and passion for the game," said UBC Athletic Director Bob Philip.
Following is a breakdown of all individual award winners and All-Stars:
MVP: Jacob Doerksen, Trinity Western
Rookie of the Year: Sam Freeman, UFV
Defensive Player of the Year: Frank Bradley, Simon Fraser
Ken Shields Award nominee: Chris Dyck, UBC
Coach of the Year: Kevin Hanson, UBC
First Team Second Team
Jacob Doerksen, Trinity Western Henry Bekkering, Calgary
Dany Charlery, Brandon Chris Dyck, UBC
Ross Bekkering, Calgary Mitch Gudgeon, Victoria
Greg Wallis, Simon Fraser Kris Heshka, Regina
Showron Glover, Saskatchewan Josh Whyte, UBC
Major award winners will automatically become finalists for national awards, to be handed out by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) at the national championship, hosted by Carleton University Sport, March 13-15 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.
This weekend the Final Four takes place at UBC in Vancouver, with Trinity Western taking on the Central Division champion Calgary Dinos in one semifinal and the host UBC Thunderbirds playing Great Plains winner Brandon in the other match-up. The two semifinal winners will qualify for the CIS national tournament.
Please direct questions to the Canada West office: email@example.com, or contact Canada West men's basketball schools. Contact information for all conference schools can be found on the www.canadawest.org Members page.
David Bandla, Communications
Sports Information Director
Trinity Western Universty
Last Updated: 2009-06-20