Presutti rises to the top of the rookie class

McMaster Marauder Adam Presutti was named rookie of the year in Canadian Interuniversity Sports men’s basketball on Thursday (March 8).

Presutti, who receives the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy, is the first-ever McMaster player to receive the award. He also became the fifth consecutive winner from the Ontario University Athletics conference, including four from the West division.

A 19-year-old business student, he was handed the keys to the Marauder engine by head coach Amos Connolly and told to drive it, and he did. A starter from the first day of training camp, the 6-foot-2 point guard finished among the top 10 in Ontario in both assists per game (4.0) and free throw percentage (84.5) and was third in team scoring with 11.6 points per contest, including a season-high of 27 against Guelph on Jan. 25.

The most utilized player on his team, he also averaged 3.6 rebounds per outing and shot 42.2 percent from the floor, including 35.6 from three-point range.

A product of Oakville’s St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School, Presutti was a major factor in the resurgence of the Marauders, who finished second in the OUA West standings with a 17-5 record after placing fourth with an 11-11 mark a year ago. McMaster ranked fourth in OUA scoring and 10th in CIS this season with an average of 84.8 points per game.

“McMaster has had some great point guards like Marc Sontrop, Titus Channer and Steve Maga, and it looks like our next outstanding floor general is Adam Presutti,” said Connolly. “He brought a steadiness and reliability to the point position and played a key role in getting our team back into the top 10. Along with our other young talent, Adam is a pleasure to coach and watch and he ensures that the future of Marauder men’s basketball is very bright.”

A former teammate at Loyaloa, guard Michael L’Africain of the Ottawa Gee Gees, re-unites with Presutti on the CIS All Rookie tea.

Philip Scrubb, a second-year guard from Carleton University, was named the most outstanding player in CIS men’s basketball.

The 19-year-old from Richmond, B.C., became the fifth Raven in seven years – and the fifth in program history – to claim the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy. He follows back-to-back recipient Osvaldo Jeanty (2006, 2007), national team member Aaron Doornekamp (2008) and current teammate Tyson Hinz (2011). Hinz was also a 19-year-old sophomore when he captured the award last season.

Scrubb, who earned CIS top-rookie honours a year ago, is the first player in history to merit the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy and the Moser Trophy in consecutive campaigns.

Another member of the reigning national champion Ravens entered the CIS men’s basketball annals during the All-Canadian Gala held at the Westin Nova Scotian. Head coach Dave Smart, a native of Kingston, Ont., received the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy – presented by Coaches of Canada – for the second straight season and for a record-breaking fifth time overall.

Other major award winners for the 2011-12 campaign include Lakehead guard Greg Carter of Ottawa, who was named defensive player of the year, Guelph forward Daniel McCarthy, a Guelph native who claimed the Ken Shields Award recognizing excellence in basketball, academics and community involvement.

The 50th CIS championship gets under way Friday at the Metro Centre in Halifax and culminates Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Time with the gold medal final, live on EastLink TV and SSN Canada (