Friday, 4 March 2011

Haywood named AUS Most Valuable Player

2010-11 AUS Men's Basketball Awards and All-Stars Announced:  SMU's Haywood named MVP after record breaking season

March 3, 2011 (HALIFAX, N.S.) - Atlantic University Sport is pleased to announce the 2010-11 AUS men's basketball all-stars and major award winners as selected by the conference's eight head coaches following regular season play. Fourth-year Saint Mary's guard Joey Haywood was named the Atlantic University Sport most valuable player, Thursday night.
Other AUS major award winners announced during the awards banquet at the Westin Nova Scotian in downtown Halifax, N.S., were UNB's William McFee of Northbridge, Australia, who was named rookie of the year; Cape Breton's Phillip Nkrumah of Brampton, Ont., who was selected as the defensive player of the year; Cape Breton's Scott Jaspers-Fayer of Guelph, Ont., who received the student-athlete community service award; and Dalhousie head coach John Campbell, who was named the AUS coach of the year.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Joey Haywood, Saint Mary's

Joey Haywood, a fourth-year guard with the Saint Mary's Huskies, is the Atlantic University Sport men's basketball most valuable player.

A native of Vancouver, B.C., Haywood led the nation in scoring this season with an average of 28.8 points per game and becomes the sixth Saint Mary's recipient of the Frank Baldwin Memorial Trophy.

A first-team AUS all-star each of his three years at Saint Mary's, Joey was also named a second-team all-Canadian last season.

He has now captured three AUS scoring titles and his 575 points scored this season broke the previous Atlantic conference single-season record of 524 set Acadia's Ted Upshaw in 1980-81. Joey scored 30 or more points in seven of 20 regular season games this year including a pair of school record-tying 46-point outings. His 207 field goals and 113 free-throws made this year were also new Saint Mary's single-season records.

Haywood, who led conference in minutes played (39.65 minutes per game), also finished fifth in AUS steals (4.15 per game), and ranked seventh in both field goal percentage (51.6 per cent) and free-throw percentage (80.1 per cent). In just three seasons of university basketball, Joey has already scored 1469 points and currently ranks 18th in AUS career scoring.

"If working hard means you deserve to succeed then being selected as the most valuable player is a very well deserved award for Joey to receive," said Saint Mary's head coach Ross Quackenbush. "He is one of the hardest working players I've ever coached."

Joey will be the Atlantic conference representative for the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding player in CIS basketball. The last Atlantic conference player to win the CIS award was William Njoku of the Saint Mary's Huskies in 1992-93.


McFee, a native of Northbridge, Australia, is the first Varsity Reds player to claim the AUS rookie of the year award since Mike Kierstead was named the top rookie following the 1998-99 season.

William, a 6-foot-3 guard, appeared in all 20 games this season, averaging 24.7 minutes per game as a freshman, helping UNB to a fifth place finish and their first playoff appearance in five years with an 8-12 record.

He finished second in team scoring with an average of 13.7 points per game, and reached double figures in 16 of those games including three 20-point efforts.

"Will's work ethic on and off the court are the attributes that make him a special player for our program," commented UNB head coach Brent Baker.

William will represent the AUS as the Atlantic conference nominee for the Dr. Peter Mullins trophy. Dalhousie's Shawn Plancke is the only Atlantic conference player to ever be named CIS Rookie of the Year.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Phillip Nkrumah, Cape Breton

Nkrumah, a fifth-year student from Brampton, Ont., is the reigning CIS defensive player of the year and now joins former StFX X-Men Garry Gallimore as the only three-time recipients of the AUS defensive player of the year award.

Nkrumah, a second team CIS all-Canadian in 2008-09, had another solid season, finishing third in the conference in rebounding (9.4 rebounds per game), fifth in AUS steals (1.90 per game) and eighth in blocked shots (0.65 per game).

The 6-foot-4 senior, who also chipped in offensively with 13.5 points per outing, is a past CBU male athlete of the year and was a member of the Canadian development national team that competed in the Belgrade Universiade two years ago.

Phillip's play this season, which included a nine "double-doubles", helped the first place and CIS No. 5-ranked Capers finish with a 19-1 record, while holding opponents to an average of 78.5 points per game. Nkrumah also set a new Cape Breton school record with 756 career rebounds.

"Phil may be the only player in the country who can legitimately guard all five positions on the floor," said Cape Breton head coach Jim Charters. "As a power forward, he is among the AUS career leaders in steals, is CBU's all-time leading rebounder and is without a doubt one of the best players in CIS basketball."

Nkrumah and Gallimore are also the only AUS players to have been named CIS defensive player of the year since the inception of the award in 2004-05.

COACH OF THE YEAR: John Campbell, Dalhousie

Campbell, in his ninth year at the helm of the Dalhousie program, becomes the first Tigers men's basketball coach to ever be named AUS coach of the year.

This year, he guided the CIS No. 8-ranked Tigers to a second place finish in the Atlantic conference with a record of 14-6, his best regular season to date as Dalhousie's head coach. John's career regular season record currently stands at 76-104 and he is 81-110 overall including AUS and CIS championship play.

His Dalhousie squad, which has been ranked in the CIS top 10 for the past four weeks, led all Atlantic conference teams in rebounding and three-point shooting percentage, while holding opponents to an AUS-low of 68.2 points per game.

Prior to Dalhousie, Campbell worked as head coach of the Laurentian University Lady Vees basketball program where he was selected OUA East Coach of the Year in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

"We are so pleased that John has been recognized with this honour," said Karen Moore, Associate Director of Athletics at Dalhousie. "He has worked so hard to build our men's basketball program over the past number of years and has done it by recruiting an excellent coaching and support staff as well as tremendous student-athletes. We feel great about the future of our men's basketball program in under John's leadership."

John Campbell's Dalhousie won-lost record:

2002-03: 5-15 regular season, (0-1 AUS playoffs)
2003-04: 4-16 regular season, (no playoffs)
2004-05: 5-15 regular season, (no playoffs)
2005-06: 5-15 regular season, (no playoffs)
2006-07: 8-12 regular season, (0-1 AUS playoffs)
2007-08: 10-10 regular season, (1-1 AUS playoffs)
2008-09: 13-7 regular season, (3-0 AUS playoffs, 0-2 CIS Final 8)
2009-10: 12-8 regular season, (1-1 playoffs)
2010-11: 14-6 regular season

Career: 76-104 regular season, 5-6 playoffs

Campbell will represent the AUS as the nominee for CIS Coach of the Year. StFX's Steve Konchalski (2000-01) is the last Atlantic conference head coach to win the Stuart W. Aberdeen Trophy as the nation's top university coach.


Cape Breton University's Scott Jaspers-Fayer is the 2011 recipient of the student-athlete community service award and will be the Atlantic conference nominee for the prestigious Ken Shields Award.

A native of Guelph, Ont., the 6-foot-6, fifth-year forward averaged 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the CIS No. 5-ranked Capers this season. He also finished third in AUS blocks this year with 1.39 per game.

Scott has excelled in the classroom since arriving at Cape Breton. He is a two-time CIS academic all-Canadian studying science with a chemistry major and a math minor.

Dr. Dale Keefe is the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Spectroscopy and for three summers Scott has worked in the chemistry Lab as an undergraduate researcher. The work they are doing deals with biomolecules important in biochemistry and biology and potentially will impact the make-up and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals that fight disease.

Jaspers-Fayer has also made significant contribution to the community during his time in Cape Breton.

Scott has an older brother with severe epilepsy who requires 24 hour care. Growing up in this environment, Scott has learned to interact well with children with disabilities and he has made it a mission to help. In his hometown of Guelph, Scott volunteered throughout the school system, going directly into classrooms and assisting teachers and teacher aids working with students with disabilities. In Cape Breton, Scott volunteers at the Swim and Gym, held at the Canadian Coast Guard College, for children with autism.

He also assisted with Unique Sports' visit to Cape Breton University to participate in basketball with the Capers. Unique Sports is a group of children with disabilities in the local area that get together weekly and take part in activities in Cape Breton. This past summer, he spent his one month vacation at home coaching children in the Shake True Hoops program, including 6 children with disabilities such as Down Syndrome and autism.

His volunteering does not end there. Scott runs the Sydney Basketball Academy with Sydney Academy High School athletic director Joel Leblanc in the spring, he is a lead instructor at Capers Basketball School during the academic year and has coached his little brother's minor basketball team in Guelph. He has also volunteered at a variety of charity golf tournaments in Cape Breton during the summer including the Schwartz Golf Classic where the proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Research.

"Scott is excellent recipient for this award," said Cape Breton head coach Jim Charters. "Not only is he a highly accomplished student and athlete, he also consistently demonstrates an outstanding level of commitment to the community."

The Atlantic University Sport first and second team all-stars were also announced Thursday, along with this year's all-rookie team.

First Team All-Stars:
Joey Haywood, Saint Mary's (4th year - Vancouver, B.C.)
Simon Farine, Dalhousie (5th year - Toronto, Ont.)
Paris Carter, Cape Breton (5th year - Baltimore, MD.)
Jimmy Dorsey, Cape Breton (3rd year - Baltimore, MD.)
Christian Upshaw, StFX (5th year - Halifax, N.S.)
Second Team All-Stars:
Joseph Schow, Dalhousie (5th year - Medicine Hat, Alta.)
Will Silver, StFX (5th year - Halifax, N.S.)
Owen Klassen, Acadia (2nd year - Kingston, Ont.)
Manock Lual, UPEI (4th year - Ottawa, Ont.)
Tory Fassett, Saint Mary's (3rd year - Columbia, MD.)
All-Rookie Team:
William McFee, UNB (Northbridge, Australia)
Terry Thomas, StFX (East Preston, N.S.)
Aaron Robbins, UPEI (Stratford, P.E.I.)
Julien Smith, Cape Breton (North Preston, N.S.)
Geoff Doane, UPEI (Halifax, N.S.)

The 2011 Subway Atlantic University Sport men's basketball championship gets under way this weekend at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, N.S. The semifinals and final will be broadcast live on EastLink TV and live webcasts of all five matches of the championship will be available at

The 2011 Subway Atlantic University Sport men's basketball championship schedule is as follows:
Friday, March 4th
Quarter-final #1: Acadia (4th) vs. UNB (5th), 6:00pm
Quarter-final #2: StFX (3rd) vs. Saint Mary's (6th), 8:15pm

Saturday, March 5th
Semifinal #1: Cape Breton (1st) vs. Winner of QF #1, 6:00pm
Semifinal #2: Dalhousie (2nd) vs. Winner of QF #2, 8:15pm
Sunday, March 6th
Championship Game: Semifinal Winners, 2:00pm


Anonymous said...

Unlike other conferences and leagues, the AUS coaches clearly do not view winning as a key component for their MVP selection.

How does a guy from a team that went 7-13 get MVP?

When Boris Bakovic at Ryerson led the country in scoring with over 27 points a game and 9.5 rebounds he did not get MVP in the OUA East. His team was not good enough. Neither is SMU.

On top of it SMU gets a second all-star selection as well. The team seems to have enough talent, but did not show it. If Joey is a true MVP he should have led his team to more victories than losses.

Anonymous said...

A well deserved award for a great coach. Congrats to John Campbell and Dalhousie.

Looking forward to a great weekend of AUS basketball!

Adam Connolly said...

I couldn't agree more.. haywood is a great player but should not have been the MVP.. Simon Farine should be very disappointed

Anonymous said...

Look at it this way....can you imagine how bad SMU would be without Haywood?
Without him, they're not in the playoffs...they're not even respectable.
BTW, my choice would have been Farine.

Bill McLean said...

If I had a vote I would have picked Simon Farine.'s hard to make a case against 30 ppg and Haywood's importance to SMU. Stranger to me is the absolutely bizarre absence of Phil Nkrumah from one of the teams. I had him pegged as a first teamer considering his 14 points, 9 rebounds, and defensive player of the year. But to be left off the second team.....strange and it has many people scratching their heads including Jim Charters who I interviewed tonight on sportstream and seemed completely at a loss as to why Nkrumak wasn't on the list.

Anonymous said...

Joey Haywood is a great player/scorer.

I will take Simon Farine anytime...his leadership and decision making is the best in the AUS.

Look how he led Dal over X to see who you would take to lead your team and make your teammates better.

Anonymous said...

Interesting to see that a 19-1 coach lost coach of the year to another who finished at 14-6. How often does this happen in any league/sport? Could it be that the 19-1 program has few supporters around the league?