Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel Picks Up CIS Men's Basketball MVP Honours

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa's Johnny Berhanemeskel Picks Up CIS Men's Basketball MVP Honours

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Berhanemeskel wins CIS basketball MVP

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TORONTO - Johnny Berhanemeskel earned Canadian University basketball's top honour Wednesday, winning the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as player of the year.

The fifth-year guard led the Ottawa Gee-Gees to a CIS-best 18-1 record this season, and topped the OUA conference in scoring with 23.2 points per game. He's the first player in school history to capture a national individual award in the sport.

Carleton forward Thomas Scrubb won his second straight defensive player of the year award, Brock guard Johneil Simpson won the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy as rookie of the year, Ottawa's James Derouin won the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy as coach of the year, and Memorial forward Noel Moffatt won the Ken Shield Award in recognition of excellence in basketball, academics and community involvement.

Wednesday night's awards ceremony kicked off this week's CIS Final 8 at Ryerson University.

Berhanemeskel was a walk-on in his rookie season before flourishing at Ottawa, quickly developing into an elite three-point shooter. The six-foot-two economics student led the CIS in points per 40 minutes (30.9), and averaged 4.5 assists a game.

The Ottawa native played every game over his five seasons, and closes his career with 2000 regular-season points - the third-highest in OUA history and the most among guards.

"Johnny has been an incredible player, leader and teammate for our program," said coach James Derouin. "He improved every single year that he has been with the team and has capped it off with a truly amazing season."

The other finalists were UNB guard Javon Masters, McGill forward Francois Bourque and Victoria forward Chris McLaughlin.

Scrubb, a Richmond, B.C., native who is completing his MBA, led the Ravens with 7.6 rebounds per game, and was the anchor of a defensive unit that ranked first in Canada in fewest points allowed (56. …

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