Carleton Ravens fifth-year guard Stu Turnbull (Kingston) is the 2008-09 East Division basketball Player of the Year in Ontario University Athletics.
On a Ravens team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season, Turnbull led the team with 368 points (16.7 per game average), and was second with 60 assists and 27 steals. He also contributed 111 rebounds, including 77 on defence.
Turnbull’s teammate, Rob Saunders (Kingston) is the East Division Defensive Player of the Year. The fifth-year guard contributed 57 defensive rebounds, 18 steals and nine blocks on the season. He was among the top players in minutes for the Ravens, averaging 25.2 per game.
David Tyndale (Mississauga) of the York Lions is the East Division Rookie of the Year. The guard was second on the team in points with 301, an average of 15.1 per game, as well as assists with 50. He also averaged 31 minutes in 20 games played. Tyndale headlines the East Division All-Rookie team.
Ottawa Gee-Gees fifth-year centre Dax Dessureault (Embrun) is the Ken Sheilds Award winner for his achievements in basketball, academics, and community involvement. The four-time Academic Al l-Canadian has appeared at over 25 elementary school visits as a guest speaker and clinician. Dessureault volunteers at Louis Riel High School in Ottawa to work with the Sport Etude program, as well as providing clinics with the Hull Dragons Basketball Association. Dessureault is also named to the First Team All-Stars. He led the Gee-Gees with 148 rebounds, including 104 defensively, and was second in team scoring with 335 points, an average of 15.2 per game. Dessureault also tallied 61 assists, 39 blocks and 30 steals.
Ravens head coach Dave Smart rounds out the East Division award winners as Coach of the Year. After dropping the first game of the season, Carleton won 21 straight to finish the regular season with the best record in OUA (21-1). Along the way, the Ravens knocked off their closest competitors for an East Division crown, the arch-rival Gee-Gees (19-3), on two separate occasions.
Joining Turnbull and Dessureault as First Team All-Stars are third-year forward Boris Bakovic (Toronto) of the Ryerson Rams, fifth-year forward Aaron Doornekamp (Odessa) of the Ravens and fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto) of the Gee-Gees. Bakovic led all of OUA with 600 points, an average of 27.3 per game. He was also the league’s second-best rebounder with 209 boards. Gibson-Bascombe was third in the division in scoring averaging 17.6 points per game. He also had one of the top field goal percentages at 51.1 percent as did Doornekamp at 49.8 percent. Doornekamp scored 303 points on the season.
Forming the Second Team All-Stars are Toronto Varsity Blues fourth-year guards Nick Magalas (Burlington) and Rob Paris (St. Catharines), Queen’s Gaels third-year forward Mitch Leger (Kingston), York Lions fifth-year guard Tut Ruach (Mississauga) and Laurentian Voyageurs fourth-year forward Matas Tirilis (Mississauga).
Joining Tyndale on the All-Rookie team are York guard John Lafontaine (Whitby), Ryerson guard Josh Budd (Timmins), Carleton forward Kyle Smendziuk (Kanata) and Ottawa guard Warren Ward (Brampton).