Written by Martin Boyce, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
Head coach Dave Smart named Coach of the Year, Marcus Anderson takes Defensive Player of the Year honours
The OUA has announced the 2017-18 men’s basketball All-Stars and Award Winners. The Ravens, who completed a second consecutive undefeated season (23-0) and cemented themselves atop a 29th straight U SPORTS Top 10 poll, have won Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards while two players have also been named OUA All-Stars this year. Sitting in the semifinals, Carleton is looking to capture its first Wilson Cup title since the 2014-15 season.
Head Coach – 18th Season
Coach of the Year
After a masterful 2016-17 campaign that saw the Ravens capture a 13th U SPORTS banner, Dave Smart cemented his legacy with another tenacious regular season behind the bench for the Ravens to win back-to-back OUA Coach of the Year honours. Smart led the Ravens to their second straight undefeated regular season, guiding Carleton to a perfect 23-0 record. The Ravens held the country’s No.1 ranking for all 2017-18 U SPORTS polls, winning by an average of 28.1 points per game. Behind Smart’s unparalleled dedication to success, Carleton led the conference in scoring (88.5 PPG) and scoring defence (60.4 PPG). Smart’s Coach of the Year award is the 11th of his legendary career.
Guard – 3rd year – Brampton, ON
Defensive Player of the Year
Following another season of consistent improvement from Anderson in all facets of his game, the 6-foot-3 third-year guard has earned the OUA Defensive Player of the Year award. Anderson played a pivotal role in his team’s defensive dominance this season. With 23.5 minutes per game, his 47 steals (fourth in the OUA), six blocks and 3.3 defensive rebounds per game were paramount in stifling the opposition offence on a regular basis. On top of leading the Ravens defence to a conference-best 60.4 points against per game, 9.6 PPG better than the next best defensive team, the 2015-16 OUA All-Rookie selection was reliable, starting in all 23 games this season. Anderson becomes the first Raven to win OUA Defensive Player of the Year since Thomas Scrubb in 2014-15.
Forward – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON
OUA First-Team All-Star
After a quality debut season with the Ravens that saw him shimmy his way into the starting lineup and earn OUA All-Rookie status last year, Ekiyor has taken his game to a new level, improving in almost every statistical category this season. The 6-foot-9 forward was the second-leading scorer on the Ravens with 14.3 points per game and was the top rebounder with 7.6 boards per outing, while shooting 59 percent from the field (5th in the OUA). Ekiyor secured six double-doubles while providing Carleton with a team-high 21 blocks this season en route to an OUA First-Team All-Star selection, his first career All-Star honour.
Guard – 3rd year – Ottawa, ON
OUA First-Team All-Star
Third-year player Yasiin Joseph receives First-Team All-Star status after a stellar 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-1 guard earns all-conference recognition after a campaign that saw him start all 23 games for Carleton after only playing in 13 in his first two seasons with the prolific Ravens. Playing 23.9 minutes a game, Joseph averaged a team-leading 14.7 points per game and ranked second on the team and 10th in the OUA in assists with 3.9. Joseph’s breakout season has earned him his first All-Star selection of his career.