Carleton Ravens guard, Philip Scrubb (Richmond, B.C.) was named the CIS male athlete of the year for the 2013-2014 season on Monday, April 28 at the 22nd annual BLG Awards which were held at the EPCOR Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, Alberta.
Scrubb beat out three other nominees for the award including Liam Heelis (Georgetown, ON.) a hockey player from Acadia University; Jordan Heather (Oromocto, N.B.), a football player from Bishop’s University; and Derek Hulak (Saskatoon, SK.) a hockey player from the University of Saskatchewan.
“This year’s nominees are all exceptional athletes who are also leaders on their campuses and in their communities,” said Pierre Lafontaine, chief executive officer of the CIS.
“To be nominated from a pool of over 11,000 student-athletes is a tremendous achievement they should be very proud of.
On behalf of CIS, I sincerely congratulate each of them, as well as their school, coaches and teammates.”
The BLG Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the top female and male athletes from universities affiliated with CIS.
The Awards are based on athletic accomplishments, outstanding sportsmanship and leadership. Each of the 55 CIS schools selects one female and one male athlete of the year.
From these nominees, one female and one male athlete are chosen within each of the four regional associations: Atlantic University Sport (AUS), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA).
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have competed in a CIS sport for a minimum of two years and cannot be a previous recipient of a BLG Award.
The winners were selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, a not-for-profit Board established for the purpose of administering the BLG Awards and protecting the integrity of the selection process.
All nominees receive a commemorative gold ring from Jostens and a commemorative watch from Timex, the official suppliers of CIS.
The winners are presented with a trophy and a $10,000 scholarship to attend a Canadian university graduate school
Scrubb, claimed the Doug Mitchell Trophy. He follows in the footsteps of teammate Tyson Hinz (2011) and Osvaldo Jeanty (2006), also a men’s basketball standout, as BLG Award winners from Carleton.
Scrubb was heavily recruited out of Vancouver College back in 2010 and all he has done since is prove he was well worth the hype.
In 2013-14, the fourth-year commerce student once again led his team in points (18.6) and assists (4.9) per game and ranked in the top 10 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio, three-point shooting, free-throw percentage, assists, as well as points per 40 minutes (27.0).
At the end of the regular season, the former CIS rookie of the year claimed his third-straight Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as CIS MVP, becoming the first three-time recipient in history.
A few days later in the nation’s capital, the 6-foot-3 guard helped the Ravens capture their fourth consecutive CIS title.
In the national final, Carleton defeated archrival Ottawa to avenge its only loss of the campaign (in the OUA final) and finish the season with a remarkable overall record of 33-1 versus CIS opponents.
Last summer, the 21-year-old was the only active CIS player – and the youngest overall – invited to the Canadian senior national team camp. He has already represented Canada at numerous international competitions, including the under-19 world championship (2011), Pan American Games (2011) and Summer Universiade (2013).
“Phil is a highly talented and well accomplished player. His ability speaks for itself in his success,” says Carleton head coach Dave Smart.
“He is a humble and selfless individual regarding the team. He is an extremely good student, balancing his dedication to the team and sport with his academics.”
Basketball player Justine Colley from Saint Mary’s University was named the CIS female athlete of the year.
The BLG awards show will premiere nationally on Sportsnet 360 on Thursday, May 15, at 9 p.m. EDT, with a replay scheduled for Sunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. EDT, also on Sportsnet 360.
Official BLG Awards website: www.blg.com/blgawards