THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013
CANADA WEST AWARDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PERRIN NAMED CANADA WEST SECOND TEAM ALL-STAR
LANGLEY, British Columbia – In just his first season playing at the CIS level, following his transfer from Humber College, Trinity Western guard Mark Perrin (Toronto) was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star when the conference awards were announced Thursday.
Perrin, who was playing in his third-year of eligibility, led the Spartans and was fifth in the conference in scoring with 18.2 points per game. He also led TWU on the glass, collecting 6.9 rebounds per game, which had him 19th in Canada West. Perrin was also tied for second in the conference in steals, with 2.7 per game, and led TWU, and was 12th in Canada West, in 3-pointers made, with 2.1 per game. Perrin had a season-high 33 points against Lethbridge Jan. 18.
University of Saskatchewan point guard Stephon Lamar has been named the Canada West men’s basketball Most Valuable Player.
It is the third straight season that a Huskies student-athlete has been named MVP, as Jamelle Barrett won the honour in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Lamar’s highlight reel season included leading the Canada West in scoring with 22.9 points per game and sitting fourth with 105 assists. He finished fourth in the conference with 59 three-pointers in his first season in the CIS averaging 32.8 minutes per game. Lamar finished second in the country in scoring and fifth in assists. He was also named a Canada West First Team All-Star for his efforts.
Missing just one game, the third year Arts & Science student from San Diego, California, scored 30 or more points in five of the 21 games he played this year including a 40-point night and a 37-point night in the regular season.
“Stephon has made a profound impact on our team in his first season in the Canada West,” said Huskies head coach Barry Rawlyk. “He has continually led our team statistically in almost all categories. Of note is his value as a leader to the team. His courage and competitive drive has served as a model for his teammates, and his charismatic nature promoted him to a leadership role immediately.”
Lamar led the Huskies to a 16-6 conference record and the top offence (85.7 points per game) in the Canada West. Saskatchewan finished first in the Prairie Division for the second straight season.
Alberta Golden Bears basketball guard Youssef Ouahrig has been chosen as the Canada West Rookie of the Year.
Ouahrig, who is originally from Montréal, started 21 of Alberta’s 22 conference games this year and averaged 28.9 minutes of court time. Despite suffering an early season injury, the point-guard played in all 22 games this season, and three more in the playoffs, earning 32 steals, 85 assists and 8.1 points per game. He drained 33% of his three-point attempts and 75% of his free-throw shots.
Alberta finished the season tied for second in the Canada West Prairie Division with a 14-8 record, and then in a best-of-three quarterfinal series on the road against UBC, they took the No.4 ranked Thunderbirds to the limit before succumbing in game three.
“Youssef has been an absolute pleasure to have as a part of our program,” said first year Alberta head coach, and former CIS coach of the Year Barnaby Craddock. “He brings a work ethic and level of mental toughness that can be overshadowed by his tremendous on court skills. Youssef missed over 60% of our practices this year due to injury, but as a definition of a warrior, he managed to play every game, even when he probably should have been rested.”
Guard Ben Baker turned heads in his third season with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies being named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Helping the No. 7 ranked Huskies to a 16-6 record and first place in the conference’s prairie division for the second straight year, the Kinesiology student finished fifth in the conference with 47 steals and 13th in rebounds with 7.4 per game. The 6-3 Saskatoon native accumulated 36 offensive rebounds and 127 defensive rebounds. He also helped the Huskies hold opponents to averaging just 77.8 points per game.
Also a threat to score, Baker averaged 13.4 points per game in his 33.3 minutes per game.
“Ben has proven to be an integral part of our team’s success throughout the season by making an impact in all aspects of the game,” said Huskie head coach Barry Rawlyk. “His versatility as a defender has allowed us to utilize him in guard every position on the floor, and he has successfully limited every opposing player he has been assigned to guard. Ben is known across the Canada West for his grittiness and competitive spirit, and is an outstanding choice as Defensive Player of the Year.”
Fourth-year Alberta Golden Bears forward Todd Bergen-Henengouwen is the 2013 Ken Shields Student-Athlete Award nominee on behalf of Canada West.
Originally from Picture Butte, Alta., the Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences student is a four-time CIS Academic All-Canadian, as well as team captain of the Golden Bears team. He started 21 of Alberta’s 22 conference games and averaged 28.8 minutes, 6.8 rebounds and 9.3 points per game. His rebounding totals were second highest on the team, and the Golden Bears led Canada West in defensive boards. He also drained 75% of his free-throw shots.
On top of working towards his degree Bergen-Henengouwen is the President of the University Athletes Board, which gets Golden Bears and Pandas student-athletes out in the community. He has conceived, organized and volunteered events at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Bear Hugs Program, Bike for Aids, Hockey Puck Toss to benefit KidSport, Super Sub Day for United Way, the USchool Program, Tobacco Free Kids program, Read in Week, and a Christmas Food Drive for the Edmonton Youth Emergency Shelter.
“Todd is the epitome of what a Ken Shields Award winner should be…a warrior on the court, an excellent student, and an active and giving individual in the community,” said Golden Bears’ bench boss Barnaby Craddock. “Todd's work ethic is unsurpassed in all areas of his life. As the president of University of Alberta's Athletics Board he has major responsibilities to organize student-athlete events, and athletics community volunteer activities. Even with this load on his plate he still manages to be our team captain, an excellent student and volunteer and organize multiple community projects outside of the university as well.”
Victoria Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his 10-year career. Beaucamp, a previous Canada West Coach of the Year recipient in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2011-12, led the Vikes to a 16-6 regular season record in 2012-13. The Vikes further boasted a 12-1 record at home in McKinnon Gymnasium and ended the regular season with a sweep over rivals and, at the time, No. 2-ranked UBC Thunderbirds.
Despite losing 82-79 on the road to Manitoba during the season, Beaucamp led his squad to an impressive 2-0 sweep at home over the Bisons in the conference quarter-finals to advance to the Canada West Final Four for the seventh time in his career.
Entering the 2012-13 playoffs, the Vikes boast the conference’s top-scoring defence, averaging 68.8 points per game. Beaucamp’s squad was ranked second in the Canada West in rebounding with a margin of +9.3 and was led in scoring all year by fourth-year and Canada West second-team all-star Terrell Evans.
Beaucamp, born in Burnaby, B.C., is also an active coach in the community, helping to run the Vikes TLC Camps for kids in Victoria and helping to establish the Vikes Basketball Academy. He also served as an Assistant Coach with Canada's men's Pan-American Games team that competed in October 2011 in Guadaljara, Mexico.
“To receive this distinction for the second-consecutive year is a strong statement that coach Beaucamp continues to garner the respect of his Canada West coaching peers for the competitiveness of our Vikes program,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation.
Following are the Canada West men’s basketball Award winners & All-Stars:
MVP: Stephon Lamar, Saskatchewan
Rookie of the Year: Youssef Ouahrig, Alberta
Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Baker, Saskatchewan
Ken Shields Award nominee: Todd Bergen-Henengouwen, Alberta
Coach of the Year: Craig Beaucamp, Victoria
ALL-STARS (alphabetical by surname)
First Team Second Team
Sam Freeman, Fraser Valley Andrew Cunningham, Winnipeg
Stephon Lamar, Saskatchewan Terrell Evans, Victoria
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary Mark Perrin, Trinity Western
Kenneth Otieno, Alberta Derek Waldner, Lethbridge
Doug Plumb, UBC Stephan Walton, Manitoba
All-Star with previous awards…
Sam Freeman 2009 CW Rookie of the Year 2009 CIS All-Rookie
Each award recipient moves on as a finalist for the annual Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) awards, with winners to be announced in Ottawa ahead of the Final 8 national tournament, March 8-10 at Scotiabank Place.
This Friday and Saturday, the Canada West Final Four goes at UBC in Vancouver on Friday and Saturday night, where the host T-Birds face Fraser Valley in Friday’s early game, followed by Victoria vs. Winnipeg. Medal games take place on Saturday. Finalists will qualify for the CIS tournament, with one national at-large berth also available. All game can be seen live on canadawest.tv.
About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
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Last Updated: 2013-03-01