Given the relative balance of the OUA this season – unlike many recent seasons the lack of overt dominance made selecting First Team all-stars and league MVP a bit more challenging. Still, in my opinion, my choice for MVP proved his meddle throughout the most important pieces of the season and with several dominant performances earned this honour… more below…
First Team OUA All-Stars
6’1″ Michael L’Africain, uOttawa (5th Year guard)… The fifth-year pg took the “horses” reigns (so-to-speak), especially in the second half of the season when Gee-Gees lost star wing Caleb Agada for an extended period. In the 12 games after the Holidays, L’Africain averaged 22.5 ppg and his value was more than evident when he had to sit with foul trouble in the second half of the Ryerson game, allowing Rams to make their run back to win. Overall season numbers are stellar: 20.4 PPG, 48% FG, 42% from 3, 86% FT% and 5.3 assists per game (2nd in OUA). Well-deserving of a First-team all-star and my choice for OUA Player-of-the-Year.
6’5″ Aaron Best, Ryerson (5th Year wing)… Bounced back after a first-half injury to propel the Rams to their first-ever #1 regular season OUA ranking and in position to host the Wilson Cup, Best high-flying acrobatics were on display as he unofficially led the OUA in highlight-reel dunks with several spectacular transition finishes that turned momentum in games. Best was an efficient shooter (51% FG, 43.5% 3 pt. FG) and was in the Top 10 in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg). The fifth-year senior was the main catalyst in Ryerson’s top finish.
6’7″ Dani Elgadi, Brock (3rd Year forward)… The clever forward led the Badgers to their first playoff appearance in 4 seasons with a solid offensive campaign (19.9 ppg/11.7 rpg) with 9 games of 20+ points and a season-high 36 in last Wednesday’s loss to Mac. Still, Brock did stumble down the stretch, finishing the season winning just 5 of their final 10 games and while many had been touting him for OUA POY and All-Canadian, Elgadi’s numbers against the top teams in the country were just ordinary: in consecutive home games against Carleton and Ottawa, Elgadi shot just 8 for 28 and averaged just 12 ppg vs. his season average of 19.9 ppg. Still, the Badgers remain a Top 10 team ostensibly because of the terrific season Elgadi fashioned.
6’4″ Leon Alexander, McMaster (4th year wing)… With 27 points in the upset win vs. Ottawa and 28 at Brock this past Wednesday night, the bulky, athletic, rim-attacking wing produced his best when it mattered most, leading Mac to a first-round playoff bye and home quarter-final game. His value to McMaster was also evident at Lakehead when he missed the second game – one of only 3 Mac losses after Christmas. Alexander averaged a team-leading 18.8 ppg and almost 6 rebounds per game for #4 seeded team in the province.
6’4″ Alex Campbell, Windsor (5th Year wing)… Arguably the reason why Windsor got the #5 seed winning their last 9 games in a row. Campbell had numerous games of 20+ points and finished among the league leaders in scoring (21.5 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and assists (3.2 per game). If history repeats, expect his game to escalate in the post-season.
Second Team OUA All-Stars
6’3″ Greg Morrow, Western (5th year wing)… OUA’s leading scorer who faced double and triple teams all season. With a better team record and supporting cast could have easily been a first-teamer and arguably still should be.
6’2″ Kaza Keene, Carleton (4th year guard)… Led the entire OUA in assists with 6.6 per game and was Ravens most consistently creative offensive player. The main decision maker on the #3 team in Canada.
6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh, Queen’s (4th year wing)… With several 30+ point games in the second half of the season including 39 at Carleton, 36 vs. Lakehead and 30 vs. Windsor down the stretch, Singh was the main offensive driver in Gaels second place finish and home playoff game.
6’3″ Adika Peter-McNeilly, Ryerson (4th Year wing)… While the numbers do not at first glance appear to be All-Star-esque (15.1 ppg), Peter-McNeilly has been a solid leader for the #1 seeded team in the OUA and essentially rescued Rams this past weekend with a dramatic three at Queen’s.
6’5″ Guillaume Boucard, Carleton (5th year forward)… Undersized post who battled injuries early but was a consistent producer with surprisingly good numbers (14.6 ppg, 54% FG, 56% 3PG, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 apg).
Third Team OUA All-Stars
6’3″ Devin Johnson, Toronto (4th year forward)… Blues top player who averaged 22.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
6’3″ Caleb Agada, uOttawa (4th year wing)… Was a Player-of-the-Year candidate prior to his injury which slowed him down immensely. When healthy, he is an All-Canadian-type talent. Maybe a little harsh for missing 5 games plus not being 100% for a couple of others. Certainly would have pushed L’Africain for POY if healthy.
6’5″ Bakarius Dinkins, Lakehead (5th year forward)… Tough post player who had several big games including keying two big home wins at home vs. McMaster.
6’5″ Johnell Simpson, Brock (2nd year forward)… Consistent scorer who sometimes is prone to tough shot selection but the slick forward scored in double figures in all but one game. Averaged 16.6 ppg but shot just 39% from the floor and 32% from the three.
6’5″ Troy Joseph, McMaster (5th year forward)… Had a solid finish to the season, highlighted by 7-9 shooting from 3 in Marauders most important win of the season, a comeback victory over uOttawa. Averaged 13.6 ppg and 6.5 rpg.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER/PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR…
Mike L’Africain, uOttawa
OUA All-Freshman Team:
Simon Mikre, Laurier
Isiah Osborne, Windsor
Devon Williams, Toronto
Anthony Iacoe, Laurentian
Tyler Brown, Brock.