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HALIFAX, NS — The 2017-18 U SPORTS men’s basketball major award winners and All-Canadians were announced on Wednesday evening at the national awards gala at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre.
The Carleton Ravens collected several pieces of hardware at the awards ceremony, including head coach Dave Smart, who won the Stuart W. Aberdeen Trophy as the national coach of the year for the ninth time in his illustrious career.
Marcus Anderson (Brampton, ON), a third-year guard, was named Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Raven since Thomas Scrubb in 2014-15 to win the award.
Sophomore forward Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) was named a Second-Team All-Canadian only a year after being named to the U SPORTS All-Rookie Team.
Head Coach – 18th Season
U SPORTS Coach of the Year
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 finished fourth in the nation in scoring (88.5 PPG) and led the country in scoring defence (60.4 PPG) for the fourth straight season.
“It is incredible what Dave has done for Carleton in maintaining the level of excellence of our men’s basketball program, not only on the basketball court, but in the classroom and community as well. It is truly an honour to be recognized for this award by his peers.”
Jennifer Brenning – Carleton director of recreation and athletics
Now in his 18th year as head coach of the Ravens, Smart has won 12 U SPORTS national titles.
Guard – 3rd year – Brampton, ON
U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year
In 23.5 minutes per game, Anderson used his length and quickness to rack up 47 steals (tied for eighth in U SPORTS), six blocks while adding 3.3 defensive rebounds per game. Anderson’s focus and grit on the defensive end resulted in limiting opposition scoring opportunities.
“Marcus has shown great improvement over his three seasons at Carleton. This award is a tribute to his steady effort and dedication in leading our defensive unit every game.”
Dave Smart – Ravens head coach
On top of piloting the Ravens defence to a nation-best 60.4 points against per game, 5.6 better than the next best defensive team, and holding opponents to the lowest field goal efficiency in the country at 34.6 per cent, the 2015-16 OUA All-Rookie selection was a reliable presence on the perimeter, starting in all 23 games this season.
Anderson, a native of Brampton, Ont., becomes the third Raven to win the U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year, and the first to do so since Thomas Scrubb earned the honour in back-to-back seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Forward – 2nd year – Ottawa, ON
U SPORTS Second-Team All-Canadian
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 ( 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.