As the 2013/14 season has come to a close, the senior team coaches have chosen their individual player awards.
Division 2 Men – Coach James Markham
Most Valuable Player: Uche Umekwe
In my opinion Uche was the best 2 way player on the team last year. I think this was best illustarted in two of our biggest victories last season. Against Ipswich on the road he led the team in scoring and against Huddersfield at home he played an integral role in keeping their top scorer way below his season average. Uche is a fierce competitor who will do almost anything to win but carries himself with a modicum of class at all times which is refreshing.
Runner Up: Vytenis Petkus
Most Improved Player: Andrew Uithaler
Andrew (known as AJ to his teammates) went from a player who was competing for minutes with the other talented backcourt players on the roster to become a key starter at the end of the season. He accomplished this through hard work and persistence and had some amazing performances in the 2nd half of the season. I hope he uses this as a springboard to a long and successful career.
Runner Up: Rabah Tahraoui
Defensive Player of the Year: Uche Umekwe
Uche’s competitiveness, athleticism and intelligence make him a formidable individual and team defender. Uche is an incredibly versatile defender too guarding point guards, centers and every position in-between.
Runner Up: Andy Blakeway
Player’s Player of the Year: Andy Blakeway
Andy is a coaches dream. He plays hard, he plays unselfishly, he doesn’t care about how many shots he has taken, how many points he has scored or how many minutes he has played. Andy is concerned with one thing, doing whatever he can to help the team win. If there were a coaches POY award I would have given it to him and it’s nice to see his teammates acknowledge what he brings to the squad that won’t show up in the box score.
Runner Up: Rabah Tahraoui
Division 2 Women – Coach Steve Vear
Most Valuable Player: Fatumah Lwazi
This was the toughest award to chose a single player due to the depth of our squad but on the basis of the whole season I feel that Fatumah was our teams most valuable player. She was the second leading scorer averaging 11.59 PPG on a solid 46%FG and scored the second most three pointers on 31% shooting behind the arc. Fatumah is a great athlete, able to score in multiple ways and also a very good defensive player and has been a matchup nightmare for opponents to contain where she tallied an impressive season high 35 points. She also added 10 steals in this game showing the kind of impact she can have on both ends of the floor.
Runner Up: Taylor Hilton
Most Improved Player: Vanessa Da Silva
It’s no secret that Vanessa is the most improved player this year as she has only missed one practice all season showing her complete dedication to the team and willingness to get better. She was the team’s second leading rebounder averaging 8.75RPG and also had four double doubles this season with a massive 14 point and 20 rebound game as well as adding a team high 1.18 blocks per game. Vanessa did what was ever needed for us to be successful, whether rebounding, scoring or stopping the opponents best player. She has showed massive improvements throughout the year on all aspects of her game which is evident where she played the most minutes in the National Playoff Final.
Runner Up: Ishara Bilson-Graham
Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel James
Rachel is one of the best on ball defenders I’ve seen in a long time. Her ability to be able to keep her defender infront of her at both full court and half court makes her very dynamic where she sets the tone for us on defense from the start to finish of games. Our team was all about defense where Rachel progressed throughout the year as being a lot better in trap situations and off the ball where she averaged 3.57 steals per game and became our defensive call maker.
Runner Up: Moji Odusanya
Player’s Player of the Year: Sevian Witter
Sevian is a just a special player and person where it doesn’t surprise me one bit that her teammates chose her for this award. She has been dedicated to the team, her role and most importantly to the club which she has served as a junior. Sevian always wants to be better, on and off the court where she was constantly asking me how to improve and what she can do to help the team. She became a regular starter on the team being one of the most consistent performers of this season as she knew how to help this team be successful. Sevian is a complete team player and has been an absolute joy to coach this season and I’m glad her teammates have acknowledged this.
Runner Up: Charlene St Marthe
Please note: The junior awards for the U18 Men & Women will be published shortly.