March 16, 2016 – Ceejay Nofuente of the Humber Hawks has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
Nofuente received the award this evening at the 2016 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship banquet, hosted by St. Clair College in Windsor, ON.
She was a force in all aspects of the game this season, leading the Hawks to a perfect 18-0 record and first-place finish in the OCAA’s West Division.
“Nofuente is an outstanding representative of the CCAA as the Player of the Year,” said Thom Gillespie, CCAA Women’s Basketball Convenor. “She is a high achiever in the classroom, in the community as well as on the court.”
Nofuente, who was named a first team All-Star at the 2015 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship, came back even stronger this season. The third-year point guard set career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. She led the conference in steals per game (4.5) and assists per game (6.4). She was eighth in rebounds per game (8.7) and 11th in points per game (14.3).
“She has a team first mentality,” said Gillespie. “These undeniable contributions at both ends of the court separate Ceejay from her peers.”
While she has developed into a leader at Humber, Nofuente also takes her academics very seriously with a GPA of over 3.0.
Throughout the course of the season, Humber plays host to multiple camps, high school and club events for all ages and the first student-athlete to donate her time, give back and make a meaningful contribution to the community is Nofuente.
“She was a major reason Humber led the OCAA in both offense and defense,” said David Munro, CCAA VP Sport Development. “But she also gives back by volunteering at basketball camps and high school and club events, inspiring young athletes wherever she goes,” said Munro.
CCAA Player of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.
Other nominees for the Player of the Year award were Sienna Pollard of the VIU Mariners (PACWEST), Cameo McKerlie of the Lakeland Rustlers (ACAC), Laurie Marchand of les Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy (RSEQ) and Jenea Barrett of the Holland Hurricanes (ACAA).