Marauders’ Boney steals OUA rookie award

McMaster Marauders Rohan Boney is Ontario University Athletics West Division Rookie of the Year in men’s basketball.

Boney made an immediate impact with the Marauders in his first year. This Oakville native played in all 21 OUA games and averaged 10.5-PPG and 4.9-RPG, primarily as the Marauders’ sixth-man. He shot an outstanding 56 percent from the floor and a respectable 36 percent from three-point range.

Marauder Rohan Boney (22) is OUA West Rookie of the Year. (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Often called on to guard the opposition’s best player, he also registered 34 steals to lead the team and added 11 blocks.

Other award winners announced Friday (March 1) included the defending champion Carleton Ravens collecting four of the five major awards in the East, while the Windsor Lancers led the pack in the West.

For the second year in a row, Carleton’s Philip Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) owns the OUA east division player of the year award. The third-year Richmond B.C. native was instrumental in leading the Ravens to another OUA East title. From the point guard position Scrubb shot a very impressive 43 percent from behind the three point line; 46 percent from the floor overall and 86 percent from the free throw line. As the main ball handler for Carleton he had over a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as well as averaging 1.5 steals per game. Last season, Scrubb became the first player in history to merit CIS rookie of the year status and CIS player of the year status in consecutive campaigns.

Scrubb’s brother Thomas Scrubb is this year’s OUA east division defensive player of the year. His award marks the fifth consecutive season that this award belongs to a member of the Ravens. Assigned on a nightly basis to guard the opposition’s best offensive player, Scrubb routinely used his size, quickness and reach to restrict and alter the opponent’s game. The third-year guard tallied 104 defensive rebounds, 21 steals and 12 blocks, helping the Ravens to the stingiest defence in the nation, only allowed an average of 61.6 points against.

Leading a strong east division rookie class is Queen’s Gael point guard Sukhpreet Singh. The Toronto native took full advantage of the playing time head coach Steph Barrie gave the young point guard to start the season. On the season, the Toronto native averaged 29 minutes, 12.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He ranked 6th in the OUA in both total assists with 75 and free throws made with 68.

Carleton’s Kevin Churchill (Toronto) repeats as the OUA east division’s CIS Ken Shields Award nominee. The award is given to the student-athlete who best exhibits outstanding achievements in basketball, academics, and community involvement. The fourth-year Ravens’ forward has continued to achieve an amazing balance of academics, community involvement and performance on the court. Churchill led the No. 1 ranked Ravens, shooting 55.1 percent from the floor. Giving back to the community is important to the philosophy major, and even with a full course load he manages to contribute his time to a number of charitable organizations, including Camp Merrywood and the Ottawa area Spirit Program.

OUA east division coach of the year is another repeat, as Carleton bench boss Dave Smart takes home the award for the second consecutive season. Smart’s Ravens were ranked No. 1 for the majority of this year’s campaign and look to continue their dynasty-type run as they look for their fifth Wilson Cup in six years and ninth national championship in 11 years this weekend. Smart has been named the OUA east division coach of the year eight times, and taken home the national honour on five separate occasions.

This season’s west division OUA player of the year is Windsor Lancer Lien Phillip (St. Mark’s, Grenada). The fourth-year power forward had another terrific season for the Lancers as he established himself as the premier big man in the province. He averaged 14.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in helping Windsor finish in first place in the OUA west with a 16-5 record and the No. 6 ranking in the CIS. A dominant force on the glass, Phillip finished first in the OUA and second in the nation in rebounding this season.

Lakehead’s Greg Carter (Ottawa) is the OUA west division defensive player of the year for a record-breaking fourth consecutive season. Last season the Ottawa native was awarded the CIS defensive player of the year honour, marking the first time a Lakehead athlete has won the award since its inception in 2005. The Thunderwolves’ guard helped lead Lakehead to the best defence in the west, surrendering just 68.5 points per game. He finished second in OUA with 45 steals for an average of 2.1 steals per game.

Guelph’s Dan McCarthy (Guelph, Ont.) is once again the OUA west division’s Ken Shields nominee. McCarthy won the national honour last year. In the classroom, the biomedical science student has achieved Academic All-Canadian status each of his five years at the University of Guelph. Outside of his student-athlete routine, McCarthy is active in the Guelph community. He is currently the regional coordinator for Brain Day, an organization that educates children about brain safety and is a student athlete mentor, helping fellow student athletes academically. After spending the opening portion of this season recovering from an injury, McCarthy rallied to average 13.8 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. He is also a second team all-star.

Windsor Lancer bench boss Chris Oliver is the OUA west division coach of the year. Coach Oliver led the Lancers to an impressive 16-5 record and first place in the OUA west division. The Lancers were the only team in the west with a winning record against OUA east opponents this year and they held on to first place in their conference for the entire season. Nationally ranked all year, Oliver’s CIS No .6 ranked squad was one of the top offensive teams in the nation, scoring 82 points per game. This is Oliver’s third OUA coach of the year honour after previously winning the award in both 2007 and 2008.