Ross named Canada West second team All-Star

Ross named Canada West second team All-Star

EDMONTON –  Canada West's top four men's basketball teams from the regular season all had multiple players honoured Thursday, as the conference unveiled the 2017-18 basketball all-star and all-rookie teams.

Fifth-year veteran Josh Ross averaged 20.4 points per game and totalled 407 points, ranking him fifth in the conference in both categories. Ross also came in at fifth in Canada West in steals with 44. The Burlington, IA native was second in the league in total rebounds with 181 and came in at seventh in assists with 86. Mount Royal's head coach Marc Dobell was pleased with Josh's final year with the Cougars. 

"Josh has had a great year offensively. He is a stat sheet filler and led our team in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals.  He is well deserving of this award - congratulations Josh!"

Of the 20 combined players who cracked one of three all-star teams, or the one all-rookie squad, 13 were from the conference's top four squads. The No. 3 seed UBC Thunderbirds, who are coming off a sweep of the Manitoba Bisons in the conference quarters, lead the charge with four players honoured.

Among UBC's all-stars is fifth-year Conor Morgan, who is a first teamer after averaging just shy of a double-double this season with 23.9 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. Last year's CW Outstanding Player, Morgan is looking to repeat as the conference's top player when the award winners are announced Thursday, March 1.

Along with UBC, the No. 1 Alberta Golden Bears (three all-stars), No. 2 Calgary Dinos (two all-stars and an all-rookie), and No. 4 Lethbridge Pronghorns (two all-stars) all had multiple players singled out for successful seasons. The conference frontrunners from the regular season collide this weekend, as the top four seeds all advanced through the quarter-finals into the CW best-of-three semis.

Outside of the big four, seven other teams landed either an all-star or all-rookie. Headlining the rest of the all-star class is Manitoba's Justus Alleyn, who is a first team all-star. The fifth-year guard became the first CW scoring champion in Manitoba history by averaging 24.1 points per game this season – just 0.1 more than Saskatchewan's Lawrence Moore.

The other schools with players honoured Thursday were: Brandon (G – Tyvon Cooper, second team), Winnipeg (G – Narcisse Ambanza, third team), Regina (F – Brian Ofori, third team), and Thompson Rivers (G – Tyus De Vries, all-rookie).


NOTE: The CW all-stars and all-rookies are selected by the conference's 17 men's basketball head coaches.

2017-18 CW Men's Basketball All-Stars


Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Justus Alleyn / G / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, Man.

Dejon Burdeaux / G / Lethbridge / 5 / Oakland, Calif.

Brody Clarke / F / Alberta / 3 / Toronto, Ont.

Mambi Diawara / G / Calgary / 4 / Montreal, Que.

Conor Morgan / G, F / UBC / 5 / Victoria, B.C.


Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Tyvon Cooper / G / Brandon / 4 / Middletown, N.Y.

Mamadou Gueye / F / Alberta / 5 / Quebec, Que.

Phil Jalalpoor / G / UBC / 5 / Schifferstadt, Germany

Lawrence Moore / PG / Saskatchewan / 4 / Chicago, Ili.

Josh Ross / F / Mount Royal / 5 / Burlington, Iowa


Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Narcisse Ambanza / G / Winnipeg / 2 / Toronto, Ont.

David Kapinga / G / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, Alta.

Brian Ofori / F / Regina / 5 / Montreal, Que.

Zac Overwater / G / Lethbridge / 4 / Didsbury, Alta.

Austin Waddoups / G / Alberta / 4 / Highland, Utah

2017-18 CW Men's Basketball All-Rookies

Name / Position / University / Hometown

Mason Bourcier / G / UBC / Kelowna, B.C.

Tyus De Vries / G / Thompson Rivers / Chilliwack, B.C.

Mason Foreman / F / Calgary / East Selkirk, Man.

Awak Piom / G / Lethbridge / Edmonton, Alta.

Grant Shephard / F / UBC / Kelowna, B.C.