By DANNY RODE
Special to the Advocate
RDC Kings star guard Ian Tevis was named the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the year at the ACAC Conference Championships banquet Wednesday.
Tevis, a native of Kent, Wash., is in his second season, and first full season with the Kings.
He finished the year averaging 23.6 points per game (third in the ACAC), 74 three-point baskets (second), seven rebounds per game (15th), 65 steals (second), 64 assists (13th) and 14 blocks.
He reached double figures in scoring in all 21 games this season and finished with seven double doubles — six in rebounds and points and one with steals and points.
Tevis had a 42-point game in a 99-96 win at Medicine Hat and reached 30 points six times.
“Ian has achieved these numbers without being in the top 25 for minutes per game,” says Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger. “If you extrapolate his numbers over more minutes, you can see why he’s considered one of the best players in the nation.”
He was named to the ACAC South Division First All-Conference team, an All-Canadian and will represent the ACAC in the CCAA player of the year voting.
“It’s great to see Ian acknowledged for his strong season,” said Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “He’s the first Kings basketball player ever to receive this honour, and it means a great deal to our basketball program and to RDC Athletics as a whole to have our student-athletes recognized for their high level of play within the ACAC.”
Matt Matear and Shayne Stumpf were both named to the South Divisions Second All-Conference team while RDC Queens star Emily White was on the South Division Second All-Conference squad.
Matear led the ACAC in rebounds per game at 10.1 while averaging 14.9 points per game (17th) and hit 54.2 per cent from the field (seventh).
Stumpf was fourth in rebounds per game at 8.8 and 10th in scoring with a 15.5 average.
“Shayne is a highly skilled forward who at six-foot-nine, brings a physical presence to the court,” said Pottinger. “He’s a very versatile player and was our second leading scorer.”
The six-foot-two White, a native of Horsens, Denmark, led the ACAC in field goal percentage at 68.1 and blocked shots with 34. She averaged 14.9 points per game (ninth), 8.7 rebounds per game (sixth), while finishing with 55 assists (10th) and 53 steals (sixth).
“She’s a talented scorer and defender who affects the game on both ends of the floor,” said Queens head coach Ken King. “She leads our team and is in the top league categories that are normal for her position, but also some categories that are usually stats you see from smaller guards.
“We have a high level of expectations in terms of attitude, performance and community involvement for our players, and any time they are recognized for it, that’s exciting,” he said.
Guliherme Carabagiate of Medicine Hat, Chris Maughan and Cory Richardson of Lethbridge and John Smith of SAIT were also on the South Division’s First All-Conference team.
Salissou Abdoulkader and Pietro Oliveira de Andrade of MHC and Kyle Shula of Ambrose were on the second team.
Emma Lowry, Logan Moncks and Sunder West of Lethbridge were first-team All-Conference players on the women’s side along with Montana Romeril of St. Mary’s and Kennedy Werre of MHC.
Steph Haynes and Alicia Tan of SAIT, Megan Getz of MHC and Mary-Jean Ritchie of St. Mary’s were also on the second team.
North Division All-Conference players were:
First: Artavis Holiday, Lakeland; Jackson Jacob, NAIT; Brett Jakubec, Concordia; Kenny Johnson, Grande Prairie; Cameron Vilcsak, Augustana.
Second: Rami Ghanem, Jonatas Michel, Keyano; Mitch Burnett, The Kings University; Sebastian Cava, NAIT; Ryan McLaren, Concordia.
Danny Rode is a retired Advocate reporter who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His work can also be seen at Danny’s blog at rdcathletics.ca