March 16, 2016 – The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is proud to announce the 2016 CCAA Men’s Basketball All-Canadians.
The student-athletes, who are selected by their conference based on performance and contribution to the sport and their team, were honoured at a banquet during the 2016 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB.
Here are the CCAA Men’s Basketball All-Canadians:
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VandenEkart led the Kermodes to an 18-3 record and second-place finish in the PACWEST. The fourth-year guard was third in the conference with 17.3 points per game and second with 2.6 steals per game. His willingness to defend has helped the team immensely. Early on, VandenEkart accepted a back-up role off the bench but when the team’s senior point guard went down with an injury, he stepped into the role. VandenEkart is a leader, unselfish and a team-first player.
Ross led VIU to a perfect 21-0 record and first-place finish in the PACWEST. In his first season with the Mariners, he was second in the conference in points per game (20.5), first in rebounds per game (11.3) and second in assists per game (4.2). He also led the CCAA with 239 rebounds. Ross is a coach in the Mini Mariners youth league, where he is responsible for guiding Grade 5-7 kids through drills and games that teach fundamentals of the game.
|Kyler Shula|| |
Wayne Tucker Jr.
|Ambrose Lions||Olds Broncos|
|Shula was second in the conference in points per game with 25. The fourth-year point guard was third in the ACAC’s tough South Division in steals per game (2.1) and fifth in assists per game (5.4). A captain in his first year with the Lions, Shula is a humble student-athlete who works hard on his skills. He is determined, disciplined and always keeps his composure. Shula also volunteers in the community at coaching clinics for the HoopStrength Basketball Academy.||Tucker led the Broncos to a 15-6 record and a tie for second place in the ACAC’s South Division. He led the CCAA in points per game with 29.3. The third-year point guard was third in the ACAC in assists per game (6.8). Tucker is a soft-spoken leader and the hardest-working member of the team. Despite significant attention from opponents, he has managed to compete aggressively while maintaining his poise and composure. Tucker spent last summer working as a camp counsellor.|
|Rayvon Higdon|| |
|Redeemer Royals||St. Lawrence Vikings|
|Higdon was third in the OCAA in points per game with 21.5. He was also third in the conference in assists (86) and eighth in rebounds per game (8.3). The energetic third-year guard is a ferocious competitor whose leadership skills grew this season at Redeemer. Higdon proved to be one of the most versatile players in the OCAA. He is a special student-athlete and an unselfish teammate.||Bains led the Vikings to a 13-7 record and second-place finish in the OCAA’s East Division. The second-year guard was second in the conference in points per game with 23.7. He was first in both assists (106) and steals (54). The St. Lawrence co-captain is a true leader, has great character and a positive attitude. Bains is thoroughly involved in summer camps at SLC, helping promote a healthy and active lifestyle to youth in the community through the sport.|
|Keevon Small|| |
|John Abbott Islanders||Saint-Lambert Cavaliers|
|Small led the conference in points per game with 21.1. The RSEQ Most Valuable Player was second in three-point conversions (34), fifth in steals per game (2.4) and was among the leaders in rebounds per game (7.2). The third-year guard at John Abbott is an engaged student-athlete on and off the court. Small is always looking to improve his game by reviewing film and meeting with coaches.||Thomas led Saint-Lambert to an 11-3 record and a tie for first place in the RSEQ. The third-year guard was second in the conference in points per game with 18.4, second in assists per game (4.9) and third in free-throw percentage (82.7). Thomas is well-respected by his teammates and is a great role model for younger student-athletes. He has huge respect for the game, opponents and officials and has been an invaluable member of the Cavaliers.|
|Thomarcus Nix|| |
|Crandall Chargers||Holland Hurricanes|
|Nix led the Chargers to a 14-9 record and a playoff position in the ACAA for a third straight season. He finished Top 10 in the conference in points per game (14.6), rebounds per game (6.9), blocks (14) and steals (34). The fourth-year forward led Crandall with unwavering character once again this season. Nix is a solid leader who makes everyone around him better with optimism that goes beyond all situations.||Grant led the Hurricanes to a 21-1 record and first-place finish in the ACAA. He was fourth in the conference in points per game with 16.9, first in steals (58) and third in rebounds per game (7.8). Grant is a conscientious student-athlete and a team leader at Holland. The third-year guard is very coachable, committed to a team-first approach and a humble champion. Grant also works one-on-one with young players in the community developing their skills.|