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Ambanza singled out as Canada West all-star

Narcisse Ambanza was named a second-team all-Canada West on Thursday. (Kelly Morton photo)
Narcisse Ambanza was named a second-team all-Canada West on Thursday. (Kelly Morton photo)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

For the second time in two years, Narcisse Ambanza has been highlighted as one of the top performers in the Canada West conference.

The second-year point guard from Toronto was named a Canada West third-team all-star for men's basketball, the conference announced Thursday afternoon in revealing all-conference and all-rookie teams.

It is the second conference honour for Ambanza, who was named to the Canada West all-rookie team after the 2016-17 season.

Ambanza, a 6-foot-2 guard out of Eastern Commerce, led the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game, averaged 6.2 rebounds per game and dished out 3.7 assists per game.

Ambanza has shown signs of establishing himself as one of the top point guards in the Canada West conference and statistically improved his numbers in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game (13.1/3.5/2.7) from his freshman season.

In 2017-18, Ambanza scored at least 20 points in seven games and scored at least 30 points twice, including a career-high 36 at Brandon, Jan. 5, which was the fourth-highest scoring performance in the Canada West this season.

Ambanza scored in double figures in all but three contests this season and posted two double-doubles in conference play and three overall.

"It's great to see Narcisse honoured as an all-star in the conference," Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault said. We asked a lot of him this season on both ends of the court having the ball in his hands, and often taking on key defensive match-ups. He is very deserving of the honour."

The Wesmen have had a player on all-conference teams in each of the past six seasons.

2017-18 CW Men's Basketball All-Stars

FIRST TEAM

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Justus Alleyn / G / Manitoba / 5 / Winnipeg, Man.

Dejon Burdeaux / G / Lethbridge / 5 / Oakland, Calif.

Brody Clarke / F / Alberta / 3 / Toronto, Ont.

Mambi Diawara / G / Calgary / 4 / Montreal, Que.

Conor Morgan / G, F / UBC / 5 / Victoria, B.C.

SECOND TEAM

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Tyvon Cooper / G / Brandon / 4 / Middletown, N.Y.

Mamadou Gueye / F / Alberta / 5 / Quebec, Que.

Phil Jalalpoor / G / UBC / 5 / Schifferstadt, Germany

Lawrence Moore / PG / Saskatchewan / 4 / Chicago, Ili.

Josh Ross / F / Mount Royal / 5 / Burlington, Iowa

THIRD TEAM

Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown

Narcisse Ambanza / G / Winnipeg / 2 / Toronto, Ont.

David Kapinga / G / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, Alta.

Brian Ofori / F / Regina / 5 / Montreal, Que.

Zac Overwater / G / Lethbridge / 4 / Didsbury, Alta.

Austin Waddoups / G / Alberta / 4 / Highland, Utah

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Name / Position / University / Hometown

Mason Bourcier / G / UBC / Kelowna, B.C.

Tyus De Vries / G / Thompson Rivers / Chilliwack, B.C.

Mason Foreman / F / Calgary / East Selkirk, Man.

Awak Piom / G / Lethbridge / Edmonton, Alta.

Grant Shephard / F / UBC / Kelowna, B.C.