Realizing there is still games left on the regular season schedule, but also knowing that all playoff spots have been determined, we present our Quebec league honors list with a hat-tip to a league official who advised us that the league is likely to release their official list of all-stars very shortly.
RSEQ First Team All-Stars
6’1″ Kewyn Blain, UQAM… While his numbers tailed off a bit toward the end of the season, there is no denying that Blain was the catalyst for lifting Citadins into third-place after finishing out of the playoffs last season and is the main focus of every opponent’s scouting report. Numbers: 16.4 ppg (3rd), 6.9 rpg (5th), 48 FG% (4th from pg spot !), 5.9 apg (1st), 2.6 steals per game (1st) and better than 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio (1st) are also supportive to Blain being RSEQ Player-of-the-Year.
6’6″ Alexandre Leclerc, Laval… Very worthy of consideration for top player in Quebec in only his second season, Leclerc leads the “Q” in scoring at 18.5 ppg and rapidly emerged as Laval’s best offensive player with his slashing to the rim and perimeter shooting. Leclerc averaged 6 boards per game (9th), shot 41% (10th), averaged 2.4 apg (9th). An emerging star who one day is very likely to be a First-team CIS All-Canadian before his career is complete.
6’2″ Dele Ogundokun, McGill… Still the top overall defender in the conference, Dele stuffed the stat sheet: 11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg (4th), 2.9 apg (5th), 2.1 steals per game (3rd) and finished 4th in the league in offensive rebounds. His value goes beyond his offense given the responsibilities he has usually checking opponents top scorer and the major minutes he plays for the four-time defending regular season champions of the league.
6’4″ Ken Beaulieu, Concordia… Arguably the most explosive athlete in the league, especially in transition and getting to the rim, Beaulieu became Stingers most serious offensive threat by the end of this his second season. Now the focus of most opponent’s defensive schemes, Beaulieu still managed to score at a 14.5 ppg clip (5th in RSEQ) while shooting 47% (5th) and added 6.5 rebounds per game (7th). Another high-end athlete with a very bright future.
6’4″ Thibaud Dezutter, Laval… Veteran wing who led the league in 3 point shooting at 43.5% and was fourth in scoring at 14.5 ppg. Has had a strong career in Ste. Foy and is a wonderful complement to Leclerc and tough point guard Karl Demers-Belanger.
6’5″ Vincent Dufort, McGill… While his offensive statistics may at first glance be less than stellar (9.8 ppg), the fifth-year former RSEQ Player-of-the-Year took over as the main offensive decision maker down the stretch of the season when Redmen won 6 of their final 7 games to clinch their 4th straight Quebec league regular season title. Dufort, who took over when Jenning Leung was injured/struggling, also led the league in rebounding at 8.0 rpg and was a key distributor (2.7 apg).
6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste, UQAM… The strong shooting wing played very well off point guard Blain, scoring in bunches including season-high 30 vs.Bishop’s, and was another reason for Citadins resurgence. Clerjuste, a high-volume shooter (one of only 2 players to attempt more than 200 shots) was second in the league in scoring at 16.7 ppg while shooting 37% from the field including 34% from three-point land.
6’0″ Jona Bermillo, Bishop’s… Produced a strong year despite having to log major minutes at the point after last season’s strong offensive finish as more of a 2. Bermillo was 7th in RSEQ scoring (12.9 ppg), 3rd in assists (3.4 apg), 5th in 3’s made (32-100; attempting the second most 3’s in the conference) and shooting 31% overall.
6’1″ Jalil Webb, Concordia… Stingers main 3 point shooting threat who was the focus of most team’s defensive plans who produced in most big games: 27 vs. UQAM and game-high 21 in a victory at first-place McGill.
6’0″ Jenning Leung, McGill… Had a strong first half in which he could easily have been a 1st teamer but tailed off after Christmas culminating a hamstring injury in February that sidelined him and curtailed his minutes/production. Still finished at 12.6 ppg and among the leaders in 3 point shooting in the conference and deserving of an all-star for his entire body of work this season.
All-Freshman Team: Note that I am not clear on what constitutes “freshman/1st year” status in RSEQ given the number of years a player may have played in CEGEP. This is my best shot at the best first year players using eligibility year listed on team web sites.
Abdul Kamane, Bishop’s (RSEQ Freshman-of-the-Year)
Schneiders Suffrard, Concordia
Nick Harvey, Bishop’s
Ahmadu-Tijani Umar, Concordia
Vladimir Thomas, Laval
Despite their last place finish, the Gaiters have a nice stable of young players led by 6’5″ Kamane who is fearless going to the rim, understands how to use his body to create contact and is a strong, slashing finisher.
RSEQ Final Four is set for next Friday and Saturday, March 11th and 12th, 2016 at Love Competition Hall on the campus of McGill University in Montreal, as follows:
Laval at McGill
Concordia vs. UQAM.
RSEQ Championship Game: Saturday, March 12th, 2016.
Games Tonight: Bishop’s at Laval; Concordia at UQAM.
Game Saturday: UQAM at McGill.