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March 10, 2011

Carleton’s Hinz named player of the year

HALIFAX (CIS) – Tyson Hinz, a sophomore forward from Carleton University, was named the CIS player of the year in men's basketball, Thursday.

The Ottawa native became the fourth Raven – all in the past six years - to claim the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy, joining Aaron Doornekamp (2008) and back-to-back MVP Osvaldo Jeanty (2006, 2007). At only 19 years of age, Hinz is one of the youngest recipients in history.

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Carleton dominated the awards selection as guard Philip Scrubb of Richmond, B.C., received the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as rookie of the year, while bench-boss Dave Smart, originally from Kingston, Ont., captured a record-tying fourth Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as CIS coach of the year.

Other individual winners for the 2010-11 campaign include Thompson Rivers post Greg Stewart of Kamloops, B.C., who was named the country's top defensive player, and Laval's Jérôme Turcotte-Routhier of Quebec City, who received a second Ken Shields Award recognizing excellence in basketball, academics and community involvement.

The 2011 CIS championship, which returns to Halifax this week after a three-year stint in Ottawa, gets underway Friday at the Metro Centre and culminates Sunday at 5 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time with the gold medal final.

MIKE MOSER MEMORIAL TROPHY (player of the year): Tyson Hinz, Carleton

After a solid freshman campaign that earned him a spot on the OUA East all-rookie team in 2009-10, Hinz was given more responsibilities in his sophomore season with the Ravens following the graduation of all-Canadian forward and leading scorer Kevin McCleery. He delivered in a big way.

Playing just over 26 minutes per game on a well-balanced Carleton team, the 6-foot-6 commerce student finished eighth in the Ontario conference with 17.0 points per outing thanks to his OUA-leading 57.2 field-goal percentage, ninth best in the nation. The Ravens' top scorer and rebounder (6.0 rpg), he also ranked 13th among conference free-throw shooters (78.2%) and was second on the team in assists (2.6 apg), statistics than earned him all-Canadian status for the first time in his young career.

Thanks in large parts to Hinz's stellar play, the Ravens were the only undefeated squad in the CIS regular season (22-0) and were the top defensive team in the nation, allowing just 61.0 points per game, while leading the OUA offensively and ranking fifth in the nation, with a 91.6 average.

"Tyson has made huge strides this season," said Smart. "He has taken on the role of our main matchup and has put our team in a position to win on countless occasions. He has done everything we could have asked of him and more. Without Tyson we would have had a difficult time scoring. He makes everyone on the floor better."

The other finalists for the Moser Trophy, all guards, were Saint Mary's Joel Haywood of Vancouver, Concordia's Kyle Desmarais of Montreal and Saskatchewan's Jamelle Barrett of Rancho Cordova, California.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Greg Stewart, Thompson Rivers

Stewart is the first Thompson Rivers player to win a CIS individual award in men's basketball since the WolfPack joined Canada West in 2005-06.

The 7-foot-2 giant repeated as Canada West defensive player of the year this season after leading the country with 13.3 rebounds per game – almost three more than his closest rival – and tying for the national lead with 2.33 blocked shots per contest. The fifth-year human resource management student was the best of the West under the glass at both ends of the floor, averaging 9.3 defensive boards and 4.1 offensive rebounds per night, and also did his part in the scoring department with a 15.4-point average, second best on the team.

Stewart's accomplishments are made even more remarkable by the fact he was born missing his lower arm below the left elbow. The 24-year-old was a member of Canada's national sitting men's volleyball team in 2010 and played in the world championship. His future goal is to play basketball professionally in Europe.

"I am really happy for Greg," said Thompson Rivers head coach Scott Clark. "Every team we played against took into account his defensive abilities. This honour is a great way for him to end his CIS career."

Cape Breton forward Philip Nkrumah of Brampton, Ont., UQAM guard Éric Côté-Kougnima of Gatineau, Que., and Lakehead guard Greg Carter of Ottawa were also in the running for defensive MVP honours.

DR. PETER MULLINS TROPHY (rookie of the year): Philip Scrubb, Carleton

Scrubb became the first-ever Carleton freshman to receive the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy since the inception of the award in 1988.

The 6-foot-3 guard launched his university career with a bang in October when he was named MVP of the Laval tournament in Quebec City following a 35-point explosion in the tourney finale. Two weeks later, he scored a team-high 22 points to lead the Ravens to a 90-51 win over Guelph in their regular season opener.

His success continued throughout conference play as he finished second on the team with 13.1 points per game in just over 24 minutes of court time. The 18-year-old also led the Ravens in assists (2.8 apg), was second among OUA rookies in three-point shooting (40.5%) and had the fifth-best success rate overall (86.4%) from the free-throw line, en route to his selection as an OUA second-team all-star.

Scrubb, who was heavily recruited out of Vancouver College, joined the Ravens one year after older brother Thomas, who red-shirted for Carleton last season and is now in the lineup. Philip was a member of the Canadian junior national team in 2010.

"Phil has come into a tough situation and has taken over at the point position. He is as good as any of the freshmen we have ever had in our program," said Smart. "He has a calming influence on our entire team and, for a freshman, has an uncanny feel for the game."

UNB guard William McFee of Northbridge, Australia, UQAM forward Alexandre Bernard of Gatineau, Que., and Calgary guard Matt Letkeman of Chilliwack, B.C., were the other nominees.

STUART W. ABERDEEN MEMORIAL TROPHY, presented by Coaches of Canada: Dave Smart, Carleton

In his 12th campaign at the helm at Carleton, Smart is now tied with Bruce Enns (UBC, Winnipeg) and Ken Shields (Victoria, Laurentian) for most Aberdeen Trophies, with four. The Kingston native was previously honoured with the same award by his peers in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

The Ravens, with only one fifth-year senior on their roster, led all 14 weekly national rankings this season and were the only team in the country to remain undefeated in conference play thanks to a 22-0 mark. Their average of only 61.0 allowed per contest was the best in the nation, while their 91.6 points scored per game topped the OUA and ranked fifth in CIS. Carleton suffered its lone loss of the campaign to a Canadian university opponent – in 32 confrontations – against Lakehead in the OUA final but still advanced to the CIS tournament as the No. 2 seed, marking its ninth consecutive Final 8 appearance and its 10th in 12 years under Smart.

A six-time OUA East coach of the year, Smart has guided the Ravens to the first six national titles in program history and enters the CIS championship with a mind-boggling career conference and post-season record of 312-30 (.912).

"What can I say about Coach Smart! He is the most talented and hard working coach I know," said Jennifer Brenning, Carleton's director of recreation and athletics. "What is so impressive about Dave is his ability to develop a team over the entire season. This year was particularly impressive, as this young Ravens squad suffered only one loss against CIS competition, making it one of the greatest seasons in his coaching career. However, Dave not only develops an extremely competitive team, he is also focused on ensuring these student-athletes achieve their academic success, as well as become leaders through active involvement in the community."

Dalhousie's John Campbell, Laval's Jacques Paiement Jr. and UBC's Kevin Hanson were the other finalists.

KEN SHIELDS AWARD (student-athlete - community service): Jérôme Turcotte-Routhier, Laval

Turcotte-Routhier, who was previously honoured in 2009, became the first multiple winner of the Ken Shields Award since its inception in 1994.

The 6-foot-4 guard capped off his impressive four-year CIS career in style this season as he was voted co-MVP of the Quebec league after finishing third in scoring with 16.8 points per game, while leading the conference in steals (2.6) and defensive rebounds (4.7) per contest. He helped Laval to a second-place finish in both the regular season and playoffs.

In the classroom, the law student earned a grade-point average of 3.75 out of 4.33 in the fall semester and has maintained an average of 3.68 since arriving at Laval in 2007. Following his graduation this spring, he is expected to write his Quebec Bar exam in the coming year.

In 2010, Turcotte-Routhier started his involvement with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon – an international court for the prosecution of those responsible for the assassination of former president Rafik Hariri in 2005 – doing research for the Tribunal's president, Italian judge Antonio Cassese. Also in the fall of 2010, he completed an internship with the Quebec Superior Court, and undertook a mentoring program with the Order of Canada.

Last summer, he was named vice-president of the Quebec Basketball Federation, after sitting on the board of directors for two years. In January, he judged a pleading contest during the Law Games held at Laval University. Very involved with youth sports in the Quebec City area, he has served as the men's basketball team's representative on the Rouge et Or student-athletes council since 2008.

"Jérôme is a model student-athlete and very involved in the community despite playing basketball at a very high level, especially this season," said Laval head coach Jacques Paiement Jr. "He has achieved very high grades since his freshman year at Laval despite a very busy schedule, which is a testament to how organized he is."

Forwards Scott Jaspers-Fayer of Cape Breton, a science major from Guelph, Ont., Andre Smyth of Windsor, a masters student in science from Windsor, Ont., and Tyrell Mara of Trinity Western, an MBA student from White Rock, B.C., were also nominated.

ALL-CANADIAN TEAMS

The all-Canadian teams were also announced on Thursday.

Joining Hinz on the first squad were conference most valuable players Haywood (AUS) and Barrett (Canada West), as well as Trinity Western forward Jacob Doerksen of Abbotsford, B.C., and UBC guard Josh Whyte of Calgary.

Whyte is the lone returnee from last year's top unit, while Doerksen was a first-team member two years ago. Both are former CIS player-of-the-year winners, with Whyte winning last season and Doerksen in 2008-09. Haywood moves up from last year's second squad.

The CIS second team is comprised of a quintet of first-time all-Canadians including Quebec league MVP Desmarais from Concordia, Windsor forward Isaac Kuon of Mississauga, Ont., Dalhousie guard Simon Farine of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier wing Kale Harrison of Stratford, Ont., and Alberta guard Daniel Ferguson of Malton, Ont.

Joining Scrubb as CIS all-rookies were conference top freshmen McFee, Bernard and Letkeman, as well as Ryerson point guard Jahmal Jones of Mississauga.

2010-2011 CIS MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS

Mike Moser Memorial Trophy (player of the year): Tyson Hinz, Carleton
Defensive player of the year: Greg Stewart, Thompson Rivers
Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (rookie of the year): Philip Scrubb, Carleton
Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (coach of the year), presented by Coaches of Canada: Dave Smart, Carleton
Ken Shields Award (student-athlete / community service): Jérôme Turcotte-Routhier, Laval

First Team

Position - Athlete - University - Year - Hometown - Faculty

Forward Tyson Hinz Carleton 2 Ottawa, Ont. Commerce
Guard Jamelle Barrett Saskatchewan 3 Rancho Cordova, Cal. Arts & Science
Forward Jacob Doerksen Trinity Western 5 Abbotsford, B.C. Business Administration
Guard Joel Haywood Saint Mary's 4 Vancouver, B.C. Arts
Guard Joshua Whyte UBC 5 Calgary, Alta. Arts

Second Team

Forward Isaac Kuon Windsor 5 Mississauga, Ont. General Arts
Guard Simon Farine Dalhousie 5 Toronto, Ont. Management
Guard Kyle Desmarais Concordia 2 Montreal, Que. Economics
Wing Kale Harrison Laurier 4 Stratford, Ont. Business
Guard Daniel Ferguson Alberta 4 Malton, Ont. Graduate Studies

All-Rookie Team

Guard Philip Scrubb Carleton 1 Richmond, B.C. Commerce
Guard Matt Letkeman Calgary 1 Chilliwack, B.C. Kinesiology
Guard William McFee UNB 1 Northbridge, Aust. BRSS
Forward Alexandre Bernard UQAM 1 Gatineau, Que. Biology
Point Guard Jahmal Jones Ryerson 1 Mississauga, Ont. BT Management

-CIS-

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