2017-18 MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS 

G/F – Conor Morgan, UBC Thunderbirds

5th-year

Victoria, B.C.

Kinesiology 

2017-18 CW regular season: 18 GP / 23.9 PPG / 9.7 RPG / 27 blocks 

For the second consecutive season, Conor Morgan has taken home the conference’s top award after leading the UBC Thunderbirds to a 17-3 record. The Victoria, B.C. product finished third in points this season, averaging 23.9, while also posting 9.7 rebounds per game – second best in CW.

The three-time conference all-star finished his career as one of the top players in Thunderbirds history, posting 1,526 CW points – the third most in program history. His 486 defensive rebounds are the most in UBC history and tied for 15th in the CW record book. 

He’s the third T-Bird to win the award back-to-back seasons, joining J.D. Jackson (1990-91 and 1991-92), and Casey Archibald (2005-06 and 2006-07) – who are No. 1 and 2 respectively on the UBC all-time scoring list. 

“This is a great honour for Conor and a testament to the dedication and effort that he has put in this year. His unique athleticism makes him a special player and it’s great to see him being recognized for having an outstanding season. In addition, as a fifth-year player and a team leader his work ethic, example and mentorship has been a huge benefit throughout our line up.” – Kevin Hanson, UBC head coach. 

F – Grant Shephard, UBC Thunderbirds

1st-year

Kelowna, B.C.

Arts 

2017-18 CW regular season: 20 GP / 8.8 PPG / 4.4 RPG / 57.3 FG%

Highly touted recruit Grant Shephard delivered in his rookie season for the UBC Thunderbirds, as the Kelowna, B.C. product played all 20 games for the T-Birds during their 17-3 season.

The 6-10 forward, who played his grade 12 season at prep school Montverde Academy in Florida, averaged 8.8 PPG and 4.4 RPG. He will be looked to help fill the void being left by Morgan, as the next crop of UBC hoopsters look to carry on the program’s long tradition of success. Shephard enjoyed quite the 2017-18 season away from UBC as well, competing for the Canadian team which captured the FIBA U19 World Cup in July. 

“Grant has had a tremendous season. We are very proud of his development and his growth as a player. It is great to see him be recognized for his accomplishments in his first year.” – Kevin Hanson, UBC head coach.

G – Jhony Verrone, Calgary Dinos

5th-year

Montreal, Que.

Arts

2017-18 CW regular season: 20 GP / 7.0 PPG / 3.0 RPG / 24 steals

One of the most versatile players in the nation, Calgary Dino Jhony Verrone capped off his CW career with the conference’s top honour for defensive play.

The Montreal, Que. product has been lauded by head coach Dan Vanhooren for his attention to detail, which served him and the Dinos well during their 16-4 regular season and run to the CW Championship Game this season. 

“Jhony has been so reliable for us, and he can defend every position on the floor because of his physical strength and technical capability. That level of versatility defensively is the reason he starts for our team, and it’s great that he’s being recognized for that. Jhony excels in the things that go unwritten – statistics aren’t the only reflection of a player’s value, and he is great at what doesn’t often get marked down.” – Dan Vanhooren, Calgary head coach. 

F – Brody Clarke, Alberta Golden Bears

3rd-year

Toronto, Ont.

Engineering 

2017-18 CW regular season: 20 GP / 14.9 PPG / 8.3 RPG / 31 blocks / 54.4 FG% 

Alberta forward Brody Clarke is the Canada West Ken Shields Award winner for 2017-18. The award recognizes a player for excellence in basketball, academics, and community service.

In the classroom, Clarke earned a 3.6 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year, and posted a 3.9 GPA during the first semester of 2017-18. The Engineering student is a three-time All-Canadian, but still finds time to volunteer for the University of Alberta Athletics Board – which is a student-athlete leadership group – and has spent time visiting sick kids at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.

During the off-season, the Toronto, Ont. product has worked full-time for Edmonton based engineering services company Stantec. 

“Brody is a great example of the on-court and off-court success that our U SPORTS student-athletes are achieving across the country. He has an exemplary work ethic, which allows him to achieve excellence in all areas of his life. Brody is a fitting nominee for the prestigious Ken Shields Award and a fantastic ambassador for the University of Alberta and Canada West basketball.” – Barnaby Craddock, Alberta head coach. 

Barnaby Craddock

6th season

Vancouver, B.C. 

2017-18 CW regular season record: 19-1 (first CW) 

For the second time in his career, Barnaby Craddock is the CW Coach of the Year. The Alberta head coach previously won both the conference and national award back in 2006-07 while with the Brandon Bobcats. 

Over six seasons with the Bears, Craddock has guided the team to a 91-33 regular season record and a pair of conference banners (2013-14 and 2016-17). 

This season, Craddock led Alberta to a 19-1 record during the regular season, as the Bears followed up their 2016-17 CW championship with a first-place finish in 2017-18.

"Since taking over the Golden Bears in 2012, Barnaby has consistently guided the Bears as conference and national contenders. His strong work ethic shows in all the players he coaches, which was very evident this season, as his team finished with a conference-best 19-1 record. Barnaby is very deserving of the CW Coach of the Year Award this season." – Ian Reade, University of Alberta Director of Athletics.

 

2017-18 CW MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-STARS & ALL-ROOKIES

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Justus Alleyn / G / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, Man.

Dejon Burdeaux / G / Lethbridge / 5 / Oakland, Calif.

Brody Clarke / F / Alberta / 3 / Toronto, Ont.

Mambi Diawara / G / Calgary / 4 / Montreal, Que.

Conor Morgan / G, F / UBC / 5 / Victoria, B.C.

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Tyvon Cooper / G / Brandon / 4 / Middletown, N.Y.

Mamadou Gueye / F / Alberta / 5 / Quebec, Que.

Phil Jalalpoor / G / UBC / 5 / Schifferstadt, Germany

Lawrence Moore / PG / Saskatchewan / 4 / Chicago, Ili.

Josh Ross / F / Mount Royal / 5 / Burlington, Iowa

 

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Narcissse Ambanza / G / Winnipeg / 2 / Toronto, Ont.

David Kapinga / G / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, Alta.

Brian Ofori / F / Regina / 5 / Montreal, Que.

Zac Overwater / G / Lethbridge / 4 / Didsbury, Alta.

Austin Waddoups / G / Alberta / 4 / Highland, Utah

Name / Position / University / Hometown

Mason Bourcier / G / UBC / Kelowna, B.C.

Tyus De Vries / G / Thompson Rivers / Chilliwack, B.C.

Mason Foreman / F / Calgary / East Selkirk, Man.

Awak Piom / G / Lethbridge / Edmonton, Alta.

Grant Shephard / F / UBC / Kelowna, B.C.