He played his heart out for three years, and now he's reaping the rewards --
and the awards.
Champlain St. Lambert guard Maurice Joseph was named the CCAA National Player of the Year on Thursday, capping one of the most
decorated careers in CEGEP history.
Joseph, a 6-4 Michigan State signee, fell just short of leading his squad to
its second consecutive provincial championship, but left no doubt about who
was Quebec's top player.
He ran away with the AAA scoring championship, beating his second-place
rival by more than five points per game.
The two-time CEGEP All-Star shot 43.2% from the field and a league-leading 83% from
the free-throw line this season. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds per game, fourth
in the league among guards.
He emerged as Canada's best backcourt ace last year in leading Champlain to
its first-ever provincial championship, and he has won nearly every major award in sight
Among his accolades in the past 12 months: 2004 First-team
All-Star in the CEGEP league and the CCAA Nationals; Mr. Hustle award at the
NBA Players' Association Top 100 Camp; Adidas All-Canadian in 2004 and 2005; CEGEP AAA Most Valuable Player.
He was also the first CEGEP guard ever named a Top 100 player by
Theinsiders.com and rivals.com recruiting networks.
A CCAA news release explained why the man known as "Mojo" is Canada's best player.