DOERKSEN ADDS ANOTHER HONOUR

Jacob Doerksen

Men's Basketball (Announcement)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Basketball BC Awards

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DOERKSEN ADDS ANOTHER HONOUR

BURNABY, British Columbia - Trinity Western University men's basketball forward Jacob Doerksen (Abbotsford, B.C.) added another award to the trophy case Saturday night at the Basketball BC Awards Dinner.

Doerksen, the CIS men's basketball Player of the Year, was awarded the Basketball BC male University Outstanding Player Award Saturday night Dinner at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre after posting an outstanding season with the Spartans.

"These awards are a means of recognizing the outstanding level of dedication to excellence that has been demonstrated by these individuals," said Michael Hind, Executive Director of Basketball BC on the Saturday night award winners.

"Jacob is an unassuming individual who appreciates the award but is very humble about it," commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. "Jacob is never one to look for accolades but is more concerned with how he can assist his teammates to become better. I'm proud of who Jacob is and what he stands for."

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 six-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.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 42 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.

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