U SPORTS MBB awards: Trio of Canada West players named All-Canadians

UBC's Conor Morgan (left), Calgary's Thomas Cooper (middle), and Saskatchewan's Shane Osayande (right) were named U SPORTS All-Canadians Wednesday.
UBC's Conor Morgan (left), Calgary's Thomas Cooper (middle), and Saskatchewan's Shane Osayande (right) were named U SPORTS All-Canadians Wednesday.

Canada West Communications

HALIFAX - Three Canada West men's basketball stars were named U SPORTS All-Canadians Wednesday night ahead of this week's Final 8 in Halifax.

Leading the Canada West charge was UBC's Conor Morgan and Calgary's Thomas Cooper. The pair, who finished first and second respectively in the conference scoring race, were both named to the first team. Morgan led Canada West this season averaging 23.1 points per game, while Cooper averaged 22.7 PPG.

Morgan took home the Canada West Outstanding Player award last week and was the conference's nominee for the Mike Moser Trophy as U SPORTS' top player, but didn't claim the honour, as Carleton's Connor Wood took home the award.

Canada West landed one player on the second All-Canadian team, as Saskatchewan's Shane Osayande made the team. A first team conference all-star, Osayande led the conference in rebounding this season, averaging 10.6 per game.

Also recognized Wednesday was Canada West Rookie of the Year Scott Kellum, who was the conference's lone player on the national all-rookie squad. Kellum was the Canada West nominee for the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as U SPORTS' top rookie, but finished behind Kadre Gray of Laurentian for the honour. The Issaquah, Wash. product averaged 13.2 points per game, while shooting 44.1 per cent from three-point land. That three-point average was good enough for fourth-highest in the conference.

Of the four players honoured Wednesday at the national awards banquet, just Cooper will be in action this weekend at the U SPORTS Final 8 in Halifax. His Dinos, who qualified by virtue of a wild card berth into the tournament, take on the No. 2 seed Carleton Ravens in a rematch of last year's national final at 9 a.m. MT Thursday.

U SPORTS national award winners

Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (Player of the Year): Connor Wood, Carleton

Defensive Player of the Year: Caleb Agada, Ottawa

Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (Rookie of the Year): Kadre Gray, Laurentian

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dave Smart, Carleton

Ken Shields Award (Student-Athlete Community Service): Kashrell Lawrence, Dalhousie


U SPORTS All-Canadian and All-Rookie Teams

Pos. / Name / University / Year / Hometown / Academic Program

First Team

G / Connor Wood / Carleton / 5 / Guelph, Ont. / Psychology

G / Conor Morgan / UBC / 4 / Victoria, B.C. / Kinesiology

G / Adika Peter-McNeilly / Ryerson / 5 / Scarborough, Ont. / Sociology

F / Kevin Bercy / StFX /  4 / Kanata, Ont. / Business Admin.

G / Thomas Cooper / Calgary / 5 / Chattanooga, Tenn. / Arts

Second Team

G / Kaza Kajami-Keane / Carleton / 5 / Ajax, Ont. / Comms. & Media Studies

G / Dele Ogundokun / McGill / 4 / Hamilton, Ont. / Bus. Management

G / Javon Masters / UNB / 4 / Kitchener, Ont. / Arts

G / Caleb Agada / Ottawa / 5 / Burlington, Ont. / Economics

F / Shane Osayande / Saskatchewan / 4 / Toronto, Ont. / Arts & Science

Third Team

G / Kadre Gray / Laurentian / 1 / Toronto, Ont. / Human Kinetics

F / Eddie Ekiyor / Carleton / 1 / Ottawa, Ont. / Psychology

G / Scott Kellum / Victoria / 1 / Issaquah, Wash. / Business

F / Jamaal Potopsingh / UNB / 1 / Brampton, Ont. / Arts    

G / Kendrick Jolin / McGill / 1 / Pte. Claire, Que. / Arts