The Atlantic College Athletic Association (ACAA) celebrated the best of the 2016-2017 men’s and women’s basketball season on Friday night at Mount Allison as part of the 2017 ACAA Basketball Championships. Major award winners were announced as follows:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jayla Verney of the Holland College Hurricanes has been chosen as the 2016-2017 ACAA women’s basketball Player of the Year. Verney, a second year guard from Halifax, NS who is in her first season with the Hurricanes, led the ACAA in scoring at 18.9 points per game. Verney also scored the most points in the conference this season with 340. Verney ranked 3rd in shooting percentage at 49.2%. Verney and the Hurricanes finished in 1st place in the women’s league with a 17-1 record.
Thomarcus Nix of the Crandall Chargers has been named the 2016-2017 ACAA men’s basketball Player of the Year. Nix, an ACAA first team All-Star, led the ACAA in scoring with an average of 19.3 points per game. Nix scored 367 points during the season on a Charger team that finished in 3rd place with a record of 14-7. Nix also finished 2nd in the conference for rebounds, grabbing 10.4 boards per game.
ROD SHOVELLER AWARD
The Rod Shoveller Memorial Award was established in 1992 by the Nova Scotia Colleges Athletic Association. The award is given annually to an outstanding student-athlete playing ACAA basketball for significant contribution to sport and community. It recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and sportsmanship. As an educator and an administrator in athletics and recreation service, Rod Shoveller was widely known for his exceptional contribution to the development of young people in academics/athletics.
The winner of the 2016-2017 Rod Shoveller Award is Allyson McLaughlin of the UNBSJ Seawolves. McLaughlin is a 4th year captain, a Dean’s List student and a two-time CCAA National scholar. McLaughlin volunteers with her school’s local mentorship program and she helped organize Right to Play on the UNBSJ campus.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
It was a Mount Allison Mounties sweep for ACAA Rookie of the Year recognition with Jillian Harris and Thomas LeGallais collecting the awards for their respective leagues.
On the women’s side, Harris, a freshman guard from Miramichi, NB, had a breakout campaign with the Mounties, playing 27 minutes per game and averaging 7 points per game. Harris also had 28 assists and 25 steals for the Mounties, who finished the season in 3rd place at 11-7.
Thomas LeGallais, a first year guard from Cornwall, ON, burst onto the men’s basketball season, eventually earning ACAA 1st team All-Star honours. As a rookie LeGallais finished 3rd in the conference in scoring with 17.6 points per game. He also had the 2nd most total points with 369 point on the season. LeGallais also led the conference with 139 free throws made.
COACH OF THE YEAR
The ACAA Women’s Coach of Year is Mark Forward of the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics. Forward, who has coached the Mystics since 2010, was the architect of a Mystics squad that finished the season in 2nd place at 15-3. Mark previously won ACAA Coach of the Year in 2010.
The ACAA Men’s Coach of the Year is Ian MacRae of the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics. MacRae and his Mystics finished the season in first place in the men’s standings with a record of 20-1. MacRae is a former Mystics player, having played 4 seasons with MSVU.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Maddy Hiscock of the MSVU Mystics has been named the 2016-2017 ACAA women’s defensive player of the year. Hiscock helped her Mystics team to 15-3 regular season record. She was also named an ACAA 2nd team All-Star.
Brandon Fields of the Crandall Chargers has been named the 2016-2017 ACAA men’s defensive player of the year. Fields and the Chargers finished the regular season in 3rd place at 14-7. Fields was also named an ACAA 2nd team All-Star.