Trinity Western’s Doerksen named player of the year

Men's Basketball (Announcment)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
CIS AWards

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Trinity Western's Doerksen named player of the year

OTTAWA (CIS)
- Third-year Trinity Western forward Jacob Doerksen is the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball player of the year.

A native of Abbotsford, B.C., Doerksen is the first Spartan to claim the Mike Moser memorial trophy since Trinity Western joined the Canada West conference in 1999-2000.

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Other CIS major award winners announced Thursday night in Ottawa were Carleton's Robert Saunders of Kingston, Ont., who was named the nation's top defensive player; Brock's Didi Mukendi of St. Catharines, Ont., who received the Dr. Peter Mullins trophy as rookie of the year; Carleton's Dave Smart, who claimed his third Stuart W. Aberdeen memorial trophy as coach of the year; and Laval's Jérôme Turcotte-Routhier of Quebec City, who received the Ken Shields award recognizing excellence in basketball, academics and community involvement.

The 2009 CIS men's basketball Final 8 gets under way Friday with the quarterfinal round and concludes Sunday with the presentation of the national final at 4 p.m. The Score Television Network will broadcast the last two first-round duels on Friday evening (quarterfinal No. 4 on tape delay), the semi-finals on Saturday night, as well as the championship game.

MIKE MOSER MEMORIAL TROPHY: PLAYER OF THE YEAR

In his first campaign at Trinity Western after transferring from Victoria, where he played for two seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07, Doerksen played a major role in an impressive turnaround that saw the Spartans improve from 4-19 to 17-6 in conference play and capture bronze at the Canada West Final Four. A former CIS rookie of the year as a member of the Vikes, the sis-foot-six, 230-pound junior is the first player to claim both the Moser and Mullins trophies since Victoria's Eric Hinrichsen, who earned a pair of CIS MVP nods in 1996-97 and 1998-99 after being named the nation's top freshman in 1994-95.

Doerksen finished third in Canada West scoring and first in rebounding this season averaging 20.8 points and 10.7 boards per game, making him the only player in the country to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per outing in conference play. The third-year business student finished the campaign in the Canada West top seven in six more statistical categories including second in field goal percentage (53.7), second in offensive rebounding (3.9 per game), third in defensive boards (6.7 per game), fourth in minutes played (35.9 per game), fifth in steals (2.3 per game) and seventh in blocked shots (1.1 per game).

Doerksen had 13 double-doubles in points and rebounds in 19 conference duels, scoring a season-high 38 points against Saskatchewan on November 7. In the third match of the best-of-three Pacific Division semi-final series, he scored 24 points and grabbed a TWU single-game record 19 boards to lead the Spartans to an 87-85 over his former team, Victoria.

"Jacob continually amazes me on his improvement," said Trinity Western head coach Scott Allen. "He does so many intangibles that cannot be measured 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."

Third-year St. Francis Xavier point guard Christian Upshaw of Halifax, fourth-year Concordia point guard Damian Buckley of Montreal, and fifth-year Windsor forward Greg Surmacz of Peterborough, Ont., were the other finalists for the Mike Moser memorial trophy.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Saunders is the first Carleton recipient of the defensive-MVP award since its inception in 2004-05.

The six-foot-three guard and co-captain was the best defensive player on the best defensive team in the nation in his fifth and final university season. The second most utilized player on a very deep Ravens' squad with 25.2 minutes of court time per contest, Saunders had 88 rebounds, 18 steals and nine block shots as Carleton kept the opposition to a CIS-low 63.3 points per game in conference play en route to a stellar 21-1 record and first place in the OUA East.

The electrical engineering major also chipped in on offence with 7.91 points per outing and 39 assists, and kept a 40.3-percent success rate on three-point shooting.

Saunders won three straight national titles with the Ravens from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

Third-year Cape Breton guard Phillip Nkrumah of Brampton, Ont., fifth-year Concordia centre Jamal Gallier of Toronto, and third-year Simon Fraser guard Frank Bradley of Bedford Heights, Ohio, were also up for defensive-MVP honours.

DR. PETER MULLINS TROPHY: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Mukendi is the first Brock player to be named CIS rookie of the year.

The six-foot, 180-pound guard earned a spot in the starting lineup in his first season with the reigning national champion Badgers, who lost a number of star players to graduation following their championship run of 2007-08. He made the most of the opportunity finishing ninth in OUA scoring - first among OUA rookies - with a 16.5 point-per-game average, and becoming the first Brock freshman to lead the team in scoring since current head coach Ken Murray back in 1972-73.

The kinesiology student also led the Badgers with 43 steal (fifth in the OUA) during the 22-game conference schedule and was second on the team in both rebounds (4.9 per game) and assists (2.9 per game). He was seventh in Ontario from the charity stripe finishing with a success rate of 80.6 percent on free throws.

Mukendi joined the Badgers from Denis Morris High School in St. Catharines where he was a three-time SOSSA conference all-star and three-time team MVP, and was twice named his school's male athlete of the year.

"Didi had an excellent rookie season for us. He is a very athletic and highly skilled player who was able to step from high school to university basketball and make an immediate impact in the OUA and CIS," said Murray. "Look for him to be one of the top players in the country the next few years."

Acadia guard Casey Fox of Halifax, UQAM guard Gregory St-Amand of Laval, Que., and Fraser Valley guard Sam Freeman of Burnaby, B.C., were also in the running for the Dr. Peter Mullins trophy.

STUART W. ABERDEEN MEMORIAL TROPHY: COACH OF THE YEAR

A five-time OUA East coach of the year previously honoured at the CIS level in 2002-03 and 2004-05, Smart joins Alberta's Don Horwood as three-time recipients of the Aberdeen trophy, one behind record holders Bruce Enns (UBC, Winnipeg) and Ken Shields (Victoria, Laurentian).

In his tenth season at the helm, Smart has led the Ravens to yet another sensational campaign. Ranked first in the nation in 13 of 14 coaches polls in 2008-09, Carleton kept a CIS-best mark of 21-1 in conference play while leading the country both in offence (89.1 points per game) and defence (63.3 points per game), went 3-0 in the playoffs to capture the OUA title, kept a 33-1 overall record against CIS opponents, and enters the CIS championship as the No. 1 seed.

An assistant coach with Canada's national team, Smart has guided the Ravens to nine straight OUA East regular-season titles, five OUA championships and five consecutive W.P. McGee trophies as CIS champions between 2002-03 and 2006-07 - the second longest streak in CIS history. He has a lifetime record of 198-20 (.908) in conference play, with nine of these losses coming in his first season. His winning percentage over the past nine regular schedules is an astounding .944 (187-11).

Cape Breton's Jim Charters, Concordia's John Dore and UBC's Kevin Hanson were the other Aberdeen trophy nominees.

KEN SHIELDS AWARD: BASKETBALL, ACADEMICS, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Turcotte-Routhier is the first player from the Quebec conference to receive the Ken Shields award since it was first presented in 1993-94.

A member of the QSSF all-rookie team a year ago, the six-foot-four guard enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign with the Rouge et Or finishing 15th in Quebec with an 11.5 point-per-game average while placing among the top eight in the league in rebounds (7.3), assists (4.0) and steals (1.8) per outing, as well as in free-throw shooting (.729).

The second-year law student also excels in the classroom as demonstrated by his cumulative grade point average of 3.50 out of 4.33 going into the 2009 winter semester.

In his community, Turcotte-Routhier is involved with the non-governmental organization Lawyers Without Borders. He frequently visits schools in the Quebec City to speak to young students and basketball players about the importance of education, and has been a regular guest on a radio show that promotes a healthy lifestyle. At his university, he is the men's basketball team's representative on the Rouge et Or student-athletes council.

"Jérôme represents the perfect student-athlete," said Laval head coach Jacques Paiement Jr. "Despite a very busy schedule, he manages to excel in basketball, is involved in the community and maintains an exceptional academic standing. He is a very organized individual."

Acadia's Alex Traikov of Mississauga, Ont., Ottawa's Dax Dessureault of Embrun, Ont., and UBC's Chris Dyck of Winnipeg were also nominated for the Ken Shields award.

ALL-CANADIAN TEAMS

The 2008-09 all-Canadians were also announced Thursday.

Joining Doerksen on the first CIS team were Upshaw, Buckley, Surmacz, and fifth-year Carleton guard Stuart Turnbull of Kingston, Ont.

Buckley (QSSF), Surmacz (OUA) and Upshaw (AUS) were all conference MVPs this season. Buckley and Surmacz were members of the second CIS squad a year ago.

The second all-Canadian team is comprised of Nkrumah, fifth-year Carleton forward Aaron Doornekamp of Odessa, Ont., fourth-year Brandon guard Dany Charlery of Montreal, fourth-year Calgary forward Ross Bekkering of Taber, Alta., and fourth-year Ottawa guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe of Toronto.

Doornekamp was the CIS player of the year and a first-team all-Canadian in 2007-08, and a second-team member back in 2005-06.

Four guards joined Mukendi on the all-rookie squad including Fox, St-Amand, Freeman, and York's David Tyndale of Mississauga, Ont.

2008-09 CIS MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS

Mike Moser memorial trophy (player of the year): Jacob Doerksen, Trinity Western Spartans
Defensive player of the year: Robert Saunders, Carleton Ravens
Dr. Peter Mullins trophy (rookie of the year): Didi Mukendi, Brock Badgers
Stuart W. Aberdeen memorial trophy (coach of the year): Dave Smart, Carleton Ravens
Ken Shields award (outstanding student-athlete): Jérôme Turcotte-Routhier, Laval Rouge et Or

First Team

Position Athlete University Year Hometown Faculty

Forward Jacob Doerksen Trinity Western 3 Abbotsford, B.C. Business Administration
Forward Greg Surmacz Windsor 5 Peterborough, Ont. General Arts
Point guard Damian Buckley Concordia 4 Montreal, Que. Independent
Guard Stuart Turnbull Carleton 5 Kingston, Ont. Commerce
Point guard Christian Upshaw StFX 3 Halifax, N.S. BA

Second Team

Forward Aaron Doornekamp Carleton 5 Odessa, Ont. Business
Guard Dany Charlery Brandon 4 Montreal, Que. BA
Forward Ross Bekkering Calgary 4 Taber, Alta. Haskayne Business
Guard Phillip Nkrumah Cape Breton 3 Brampton, Ont. BACS
Guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe Ottawa 4 Toronto, Ont. Social Sciences

All-Rookie Team

Guard Casey Fox Acadia 1 Halifax, N.S. Business Administration
Guard Sam Freeman Fraser Valley 1 Burnaby, B.C. Arts
Guard Didi Mukendi Brock 1 St. Catharines, Ont. Kinesiology
Guard Gregory St-Amand UQAM 1 Laval, Que. General Arts
Guard David Tyndale York 1 Mississauga, Ont. Mathematics

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David Kent
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Last Updated: 2009-06-20
Author: Scott Stewart