Wednesday, 5 March 2008

OUA East Season Honours

In what may be the worst kept secret in the CIS, several sources are reporting that 6'7" fourth-year forward Aaron Doornekamp (Ernestown H.S., Odessa, ON) of the Carleton Ravens will be named OUA East Player-of-the-Year at some point in time. Joining Doornekamp as OUA East 1st team all-stars are Ottawa's 6'4" third-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Jarvis C.I., Toronto, ON) plus Doornekamp's Carleton teammate 6'3" fourth-year guard Stuart Turnbull (Frontenac H.S., Kingston, ON). A pair of University of Toronto Varsity Blues: 6'2" Rob Paris (Governor Simcoe C.I., St. Catharines, ON) and 6'3" fifth-year guard Michael Degiorgio (Oakwood Collegiate, Toronto, ON) round out the first team according to the sources. The second team consists of 6'6" Mitch Leger and 6'3" Simon Mitchell, both of the Queen's Golden Gaels, 6'3" Sean Peter of the Ottawa Gee-Gees, 6'7" Boris Bakovic of Ryerson and 6'3" Tut Ruach of York Lions. The vote, completed by the 8 OUA East coaches, selected 6'9" Dax Dessureault of the Gee-Gees as Defensive Player-of-the-Year while another strong candidate for Defensive Player-of-the-Year and All-Star, Carleton's 6'4" Ryan Bell, instead was selected as the OUA East's nominee for the Ken Shields Award recognizing community service. The Gaels 6'5" lefty freshman Jonathan Ogden, who entered the season as an unheralded recruit out of Belleville, ON, was named the division's Rookie-of-the-Year. Joining Odgen on the all-rookie team were 6'6" Travis Mitchell (Queen's), 6'2" guard Dalton Olinoski (York), 6'9" RMC center Nicolas Cooke and Carleton's 6'3" Elliott Thompson. The official announcement is expected sometime before the end of the CIS season.

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