CIS FINAL 8: CRUCIAL CANADIANS
The top eight teams in Canadian University basketball will collide this weekend at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa with some intriguing matchups throughout the tournament. A national championship is on the line and these eight Canadian players are competing to lead their teams to CIS glory.
Philip Scrubb - 6-3 Guard (Richmond, BC) – Carleton, Sr.
For the second year in a row Scrubb was named the CIS Basketball Player of the Year after leading his Ravens to another #1 seed and a 19-1 record during the regular season. Last years' Final 8 MVP averaged a team-best 18.6 points and 3.4 assists on 45.9 per cent shooting.
Shaquille Keith - 6-5 Forward (Brampton, ON) - Cape Breton, Fr
Cape Breton's rookie forward averaged 13.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his first CIS season. He contributed to a 19-1 season, helped the Capers reach the Final 8 after a two-year absence, and was named to the CIS All-Rookie Team.
Warren Ward – 6-5 Guard (London, ON) – Ottawa, Sr.
After suffering a season-ending knee injury last year, Ward came back strong posting 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the 15-5 Gee-Gees. Ward was named a second-team CIS All-Star in his final year of eligibility.
Doug Plumb – 6-4 Guard (Pitt Meadows, BC) – UBC, Sr.
Plumb led the 18-4 Thunderbirds in both points (15.8) and assists (3.3) and was named a second-team CIS All-Star for the Canada West champions. This is UBC's seventh appearance in the CIS Final 8 in the past eight seasons.
Owen Klassen – 6-10 Forward (Kingston, ON) – Acadia, Sr.
Though he missed four games with an ankle sprain, Klassen was still named a first-team CIS All-Star after averaging 16.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game for the 15-5 Axemen. The AUS power was the only team to defeat Cape Breton this season.
Adrian Hynes-Guery – 6-3 Guard (Pierrefonds, QC) – McGill, Fr.
A first-year transfer from the NCAA's American International College, Hynes-Guery led the 11-5 Redmen to their first CIS Final 8 appearance in 33 years after he averaged 12.7 points and 2.7 assists, both team highs.
Greg Carter – 5-10 Guard (Ottawa, ON) – Lakehead, Sr.
Carter earned his fourth-straight OUA Defensive Player of the Year award and became just the second multiple-winner of the CIS DPOY award. The gritty guard averaged 9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the 14-7 Thunderwolves.
Mike Acheampong – 6-3 Guard (Etobicoke, ON) – Victoria, Sr.
Cool and collected, Acheampong has become a leader by example for his 16-6 Vikes squad while averaging 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3 assists per contest. The fifth-year guard is known for his quickness, smooth shooting and big-game performances.