CW basketball all-stars: Trio of Final Four-bound players named first team all-stars

CW basketball all-stars: Trio of Final Four-bound players named first team all-stars

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • The conference's top all-star team features reigning conference MVP Thomas Cooper of Calgary, along with 2016-17 scoring champion Conor Morgan of UBC
  • 13 different schools had players named either all-stars, or all-rookies
  • Canada West's men's basketball major award winners will be announced Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. MT
  • The Canada West Men's Basketball Final Four opens this Friday in Calgary at the Jack Simpson Gym on the campus of the University of Calgary 

EDMONTON – After leading their teams throughout the regular season, UBC's Conor Morgan, Calgary's Thomas Cooper, Saskatchewan's Shane Osayande, Alberta's Brody Clarke, and Thompson River's Volodymyr Iegorov were named first team Canada West all-stars Monday. 

Thanks in large part to their first team all-stars, UBC (No. 4), Alberta (No. 3), Saskatchewan (No. 2), and Calgary (No. 1) enjoyed tremendous regular seasons that propelled them to the top four seeds heading into the playoffs. 

Three of the conference's first team all-stars will be in Calgary this weekend for the Canada West Final Four, as Cooper and the Dinos play host to Osayande's Huskies, and Clarke's Golden Bears. The Manitoba Bisons round out the field after surprising UBC in last weekend's quarter-finals. 

In addition to the conference's first all-star team, Canada West's second and third all-stars – along with the conference all-rookie squad – were also unveiled Monday. 

13 different schools were represented on the three teams, as the conference's dispersed talent came through in the all-star and all-rookie selections, which were made by the conference's 17 men's basketball head coaches, who also picked the Canada West major award winners, who will be unveiled Wednesday, March 1. 

Six of the 15 all-stars and two of the five all-rookies hit the floor this weekend at the Jack Simpson Gym on the campus of the University of Calgary, as the conference's Final Four runs Friday and Saturday. Semifinal action opens Friday at 3 p.m. when Alberta and Saskatchewan take the floor, followed by the host Dinos going head-to-head with the Bisons at 8 p.m.

All Canada West Final Four games can be seen live on CanadaWest.tv

Two Canada West teams will secure their spot at the U SPORTS Final 8 over the weekend, as the conference finalists advance to the national tournament March 9-12 in Halifax.

 

2016-17 CW Men's Basketball First Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Brody Clarke / F / Alberta / 2 / Toronto, Ont.

Conor Morgan / G, F / UBC / 4 / Victoria, B.C.

Thomas Cooper / G / Calgary / 5 / Chattanooga, Tennessee

Shane Osayande / F / Saskatchewan / 4 / Toronto, Ont.

Volodymyr Iegorov / F / TRU / 5 / Donetsk, Ukraine

 

2016-17 CW Men's Basketball Second Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Austin Waddoups / G / Alberta / 3 / American Fork, Utah

Jordan Jensen-Whyte / G / UBC / 5 / Calgary, Alta.

Manny Dulay / G / Fraser Valley / 5 / Surrey, B.C.

Dejon Burdeaux / G / Lethbridge / 4 / Oakland, California

Justus Alleyn / G / Manitoba / 4 / Winnipeg, Man.

 

2016-17 CW Men's Basketball Third Team All-Stars

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Tyvon Cooper / G / Brandon / 2 / Middleton, New York

Brett Layton / F / Mount Royal / 2 / Calgary, Alta.

Matthew Forbes / F / Saskatchewan / 5 / Regina Beach, Sask.

Grant Sitton / G, F / Victoria / 5 / Brush Prairie, Washington

Denzel Lynch-Blair / G / Winnipeg / 3 / Toronto, Ont.

 

2016-17 CW Men's Basketball All-Rookies

Name / Position / University / Hometown

Andre Kelly / G / Alberta / Mississauga, Ont.

James Wagner / F / Manitoba / Winnipeg, Man.

Johneil Johnson / G / Regina / Lake Echo, N.S.

Scott Kellum / G / Victoria / Issaquah, Washington

Narcisse Ambanza / G / Winnipeg / Toronto, Ont.