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Storm forward dominates following mid-season trade
By José Colorado
The coaches have had their say.
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Guillaume Boucard of @islandproball has been named the Canadian Player of the Year for the 2019 season.— NBL Canada (@NBLCanada) March 30, 2019
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Guillaume Boucard definitely boasted some of the best numbers amongst homegrown talent but is it his time with the Island Storm that truly catapulted him into the discussion of the prestigious award.
Just consider that in 15 games with the St. John's Edge – the club Boucard began the season with - the forward averaged just 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and less than a single assist on 40.8 per cent shooting from the floor.
In his proceeding 27 bouts with the Storm: 19.7 points per game, 8.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals on 44 per cent shooting.
Taken together (42 games) that's a total season average of 15 points per game, 7.19 rebounds, 3.33 assists and 1.23 steals on 43.47 per cent shooting while his latter team finished 12 – 28 (win-loss) on the year.
Indeed while a formidable stat line and certainly worthy of the All – Canadian team, it is nonetheless difficult to objectively argue against Cape Breton's Jamal Reynolds – a player Canada's Court had pegged at the No.1 spot since week 15 onwards.
In fact when it boils down to the overall season averages, Reynolds has Boucard beat in points (17.9 per game), rebounds (nine), field goal percentage (53.1 per cent) and team wins (19).
Luckily for the Pickering-native Reynolds should still have a strong case for Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved in the weeks to come.
After 20 weeks of close observation and weekly analysis, here's how Canada's Court would distribute the rest of the year-end awards to the NBLC's finest Canucks:
NBLC First Team All – Canadian
Ashton Smith (Scarborough, Ont.) – Guard, KW Titans
Alex Campbell (Brampton, Ont.) – Guard, Island Storm
Garrett Williamson (Canadian by way of dual citizenship) – Guard, London Lightning
Guillaume Boucard (Montreal, Que.) – Forward, Island Storm
Jamal Reynolds (Pickering, Ont.) – Forward, Cape Breton Highlanders
NBLC Second Team All – Canadian
Junior Cadougan (North York, Ont.) – Guard, St. John's Edge
Gentrey Thomas (Halifax, NS.) – Guard, Moncton Magic
Chris Johnson (North Preston, N.S.) – Guard, Cape Breton Highlanders
Tyrrel Tate (Calgary, Alta.) – Guard/Forward, Windsor Express
Denzell Taylor (Toronto, Ont.) – Forward, Moncton Magic
Honourable mentions (players with significant contributions but ineligible due to not completing the amount of games required)
Terry Thomas (Dartmouth, N.S.) – Guard, Halifax Hurricanes
Joel Friesen (Abbotsford, B.C.) - Guard, KW Titans
Carl English (St. John's N.L.) – Guard, St. John's Edge
Mamadou Gueye ( Quebec City, Que.) – Forward, Sudbury Five
Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ont.) – Forward, St. John's Edge
Canadians players represented in Canada's Court this season (18 total, nine teams):
Jamal Reynolds (Cape Breton Highlanders)
Aaron Redpath (Cape Breton Highlanders)
Chris Johnson (Cape Breton Highlanders)
Grandy Glaze (Subury Five)
Gentrey Thomas (Moncton Magic)
Denzell Taylor (Moncton Magic)
Alex Campbell (Island Storm)
Guillaume Boucard (Island Storm)
Diego Kapelan (St. John's Edge)
Junior Cadougan (St. John's Edge)
Carl English (St. John's Edge)
Greg Morrow (KW Titans)
Ashton Smith (KW Titans)
Joel Friesen (KW Titans)
Richard Amardi (Windsor Express)
Tyrrel Tate (Windsor Express)
Tyrone Watson (Halifax Hurricanes)
Garrett Williamson (London Lightning)