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Five Ravens Men’s Basketball players receive 2015-16 OUA distinction

Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) today announced its 2015-16 Men’s Basketball All-Stars and Major Award Winners.

Carleton’s defence-first mentality and balanced scoring attack propelled the Ravens to a 16-3 regular season record, an impressive feat when considering the team’s major personnel changes heading into the campaign. Carleton finished the regular season ranked No.1 in the CIS and steamrolled its way through the final weeks of February and into the OUA Final Four. While the team’s composition changed in 2015-16, the Ravens received standout contributions from an array of talent stretching from top to bottom. The following players were honoured by the OUA for a terrific season:

Kaza Kajami-Keane – 4th Year – Guard – Ajax, ON
2015-16 OUA First Team All-Star

It did not take long for Kaza Kajami-Keane to make a name for himself in front of the Ravens’ Nest faithful this season. The fourth-year transfer from Cleveland State adjusted well in his new surroundings and flourished in Carleton’s pass-happy offence. Kajami-Keane started all 19 regular season games for the Ravens in his first CIS campaign, logging a team-high 26.7 minutes of floor time per game.

The 6-foot-1 passing wizard led the OUA conference with 6.6 dimes per game, dishing out 5 or more assists in a game sixteen times. On three occasions, he went for 10 assists or more, including 13 helpers against Laurentian (Feb.26). His assist to turnover ratio (2.4) ranked second in the conference. When he was unable to find an open teammate, the industrious guard carved through opposition defences for 14.1 points per game, ranking him second on Carleton’s scoring list.

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Kaza Kajami-Keane (Photo by Valerie Wutti)

Guillaume Payen Boucard – 5th Year – Forward – Montreal, QC
2015-16 OUA Second Team All-Star

In his final season of CIS eligibility, Payen Boucard has been named an OUA All-Star for the first time. The versatile forward came into his own during his last campaign at Carleton as he started 17 games and averaged 24.1 minutes per game. His shooting stats were solid across the board with career highs in FG% (53.8 – 6th in OUA), 3-PT % (55.6), and FT% (65.2). Payen Boucard finished as the leading scorer on the Ravens with 14.6 points per game, and his 23 points at Laurentian (Feb.26) was a personal best.

Guillaume also showed improved court vision as a senior, tallying 38 assists overall (2.2 APG). The 6-foot-5 senior tied showed a commitment at both ends of the floor by leading the team with 5.5 rebounds per game and completing the year with 24 steals and 17 blocks. Payen Boucard also recorded two double-doubles on the season.

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Guillaume Payen Boucard (Photo by Valerie Wutti)

Connor Wood – 4th Year – Guard – Guelph, ON
2015-16 OUA Second Team All-Star

Veteran sharpshooter Connor Wood has received his second straight OUA Second Team All-Star award following a season where he transitioned into one of the Ravens’ leaders and go-to scoring options. The Guelph, ON native scored 13.6 points per game – a career-best – while shooting 46.4% from the floor and 38.3% (11th in the OUA) from beyond the arc. Connor scored 15 or more points in a game on seven occasions in the regular season.

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and nearly 1 steal (0.9) per game and was one of only three Ravens players to start in all 19 regular season games. Wood averaged 25.2 minutes of court time in 2015-16, which was third most on the Ravens.

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Connor Wood (Photo by Valerie Wutti)

Stanley Mayambo – 1st Year – Guard – Fredericton, NB
2015-16 OUA All-Rookie Team

First-year guard Stanley Mayambo made a smooth transition into the CIS this year as he earned All-Rookie recognition by the OUA. The 6-foot-1 guard posted averages of 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 17 regular season appearances.

In 12.6 minutes per game, Mayambo made valuable scoring contributions on several occasions. His most notable performances included 16 points (4-4 3-PT FG) against Toronto (Jan.23), and a 3-for 6 shooting display at Brock for 11 points. Mayambo shot 42.9% (4th on Carleton) from three-point range and 50% on field goals (5th on Carleton) during 2015-16.

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Stanley Mayambo (Photo by Valerie Wutti)

Marcus Anderson – 1st Year – Guard – Brampton, ON
2015-16 OUA All-Rookie Team

Anderson was fearless in his debut CIS season, making an impact with the Ravens in only his first year on the team. The 6-foot-2 guard played in all 19 games during the regular season and averaged 16.8 minutes per game. The multitalented Anderson averaged 3.2 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per contest, and he recorded 21 assists (5th on the Ravens) for good measure. The Brampton native also ranked 5th on the team in steals as he recorded 18 during the season.

Anderson was reliable from the free-throw line where he finished the regular season at 80% (16-20 FT). He recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while logging a team-high 23 minutes in a win over Waterloo (Feb. 20).

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Marcus Anderson (Photo by Valerie Wutti)