The five-team RSEQ has had what most would agree to be a rather uneventful season with little mystery as to which teams ultimately qualified for the playoffs. We had picked UQAM to miss the playoffs, primarily because of the late summer loss of 6’1″ Kewyn Blain, the defending RSEQ Player-of-the-Year. However, coach Nate Philippe was able to get his team to qualify for the playoffs and Citadins remain in strong position to finish third (Laval has an outside chance at catching UQAM). Given the size of the conference, we are only announcing a First Team all-star team with a couple of honorable mentions, as follows:
CANHoops.ca RSEQ 2016-17 ALL-STARS
6’2″ Dele Ogundokun, McGill (Player-of-the-Year)… Started the season slowly but has been a dominant force at both ends since November. Among the league leaders in all important offensive categories (13.2 ppg/7.2 rpg/3.7 apg/2.2 spg/47% fg/39% 3’s), Ogundokun is a worthy RSEQ Player-of-the-Year and Defensive Player-of-the-Year.
6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste, UQAM… the lefty had a strong season, albeit with some stretches of inconsistent play however Citadins would likely have battled Bishop’s for the final playoff spot had it not been for the strong offensive exploits of the fourth-year lefty, who leads the league with a 15.6 per game scoring average.
6’4″ Ken Beaulieu, Concordia… Battled some injuries however always seemed to be part of big Stingers runs in games that they won, supported by offensive numbers (11 points, 7 rebounds per game; 47% shooting) that are among the tops in the league.
6’1″ Jenning Leung, McGill… Was much more comfortable this season playing off freshman Kendrick Jolin with the occasional spell back at the point. Leads the league in three-point shots made overall and is presently second overall in league scoring at 14.0 ppg.
6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc, Laval... Injuries have hampered Leclerc’s season after mid-January however he remains in my opinion the most important player on Rouge et Or with his multi-skilled talents.
Jona Bermillo, Bishop’s… Came back for a fifth and final season to help the young Gaiters who struggled through a second consecutive non-playoff season but remains one of the top three-point threats in the league.
Francois Bourque, McGill… Another top defender and rebounder who some believe is the heart-and-soul of the Redmen with his workmanlike approach.
Frantson Demosthene, Laval... One of several semi-undersized paint area players for Rouge et Or who provides rim protection and rebounding, presently leading the conference at 8.6 rebounds per game.
Ricardo Monge, Concordia… Although the numbers are not eye-popping, Monge usually plays big minutes and starts the offense; he has had several big games in big spots and is a veteran of RSEQ wars.
Kendrick Jolin, McGill (Freshman-of-the-Year)… Jolin’s progress as a top end RSEQ guard accelerated late in the first term and he had several big games throughout the season. Unfortunately, Jolin was also injury-prone, missing time for various ailments, culminating in his season-ending shoulder injury this past Thursday at Concordia.
Others: Nicky Noble, Concordia; Misi Boye, UQAM; Joany Castor Thadal, Bishop’s; Alain Bernard, Laval.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR… 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun, McGill