MO IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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 since then. 

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.

Joseph lived up to all the hype, and then some. Now he has a chance to make an impact at the next level.

"Maurice demonstrates a strong work ethic and passion for the game off the floor. An active member of the Champlain Cavaliers, Maurice exhibits leadership, generosity and kindness. His community efforts include 2 visits to the Montreal Children's Hospital Cancer ward and participation in the Champlain - St. Lambert Cavaliers' Charity Invitational Basketball Tournament which raised $25,000 for the Hospital."

'Nuff said. Michigan State will have a lot of Quebec fans for the next four years.

 

Here are Maurice's career stats at St. Lambert (*=league-leading stat):

YR GP FGM FG% 3PM 3P% FTM FT% RBS RPG ASTS APG STLS SPG PTS PPG
'02-'03 14 44 40.0 16 27.1 20 69.0 28 2.0 24 1.7 10 0.7 124 8.86
'03-'04 16 76 43.2 20 31.3 76 80.0 43 2.7 39 2.4 36 2.3 248 15.5
'04-'05 15 *112 43.2 25 27.5 *94 *83.2 66 4.4 33 2.2 25 1.7 *343 *22.9
TOTALS 45 232 42.6 61 28.5 190 80.2 137 3.0 96 2.1 71 1.6 715 15.9

Post date - March 17, 2005

 

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