As the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) wraps up the 2016-17 Basketball season, RDC Kings and Queens players have been recognized for their strong performances this season.
For the Kings Basketball team, Ian Tevis has been selected as the 2016-17 ACAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. “It’s great to see Ian acknowledged for his strong season,” says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “He’s the first Kings Basketball player ever to receive this honour, and it means a great deal to our basketball program and to RDC Athletics as a whole to have our student-athletes recognized for their high level of play within the ACAC.”
The RDC Kings guard and fourth year Kinesiology & Sport Studies student has had a strong all-around season, as he is the second leading scorer in the ACAC and is ranked third in steals. Tevis also averages 7.0 rebounds per game and is a 41% three-point shooter. “Ian has achieved these numbers without being in the top 25 for minutes per game,” says RDC Kings Basketball Head Coach, Clayton Pottinger. “If you extrapolate his numbers over more minutes, you can see why he’s considered one of the best players in the nation.”
In addition to being named Player of the Year, Tevis was also named to the ACAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference First Team, which recognizes him as one of the top five players in the conference. Two other members of Kings Basketball also received All-Conference recognition at the ACAC Men’s Basketball Award Presentations held at Medicine Hat College on March 1. Forward Shayne Stumpf and forward Matt Matear were both named to the All-Conference Second Team, acknowledging them as top 10 players in the conference as voted on by other coaches.
Fifth year Management Certificate student, Shayne Stumpf, is from Lacombe and is a strong representative for central Alberta basketball talent on the team. “Shayne is a highly skilled forward who – at 6’9” – brings a physical presence to the court,” says Clayton Pottinger, Kings Basketball Head Coach. “He is a very versatile player and was our second leading scorer this season.”
Also in his fifth year, Business Administration – General Management student, Matt Matear “is the heart and soul of our team,” says Pottinger. “He’s the league leading rebounder for the second consecutive year, and he was the third leading scorer for the Kings.”
While the Kings Basketball players were being recognized in Medicine Hat, the 2016-17 ACAC Women’s Basketball Championship Award Presentations were taking place at Lethbridge College. RDC Queens Basketball player, Emily White, was named to the All-Conference Second Team for her strong performance this season.
Originally from Horsens, Denmark, White is in the Management Certificate program and is in her second year with the Queens. Head Coach, Ken King, describes how the 6’2” forward leads by example in multiple areas of her game. “She’s a talented scorer and defender who affects the game on both ends of the floor,” he says. “She leads our team and is in the top league categories that are normal for her position, but also some categories that are usually stats you see from smaller guards.”
Both Pottinger and King agree that it’s positive to see their student-athletes rewarded for their hard work and dedication. “We have a high level of expectations in terms of attitude, performance and community involvement for our players, and any time they are recognized for it, that’s exciting,” says King. The young Queens Basketball team has experienced positive growth and development this season, and the team is excited to have a core group of returning players to bring more veteran experience to the 2017-18 year.
For Kings Basketball, Pottinger and his team are prepared for the ACAC Men’s Basketball Championship, which will take place from March 2 to 4. “We’ve qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year,” says Pottinger. “We’ve had some injury issues all season long, but now we’re healthy and ready for the playoffs. The RDC Kings have the most potent offense in the conference, and we’re looking forward to competing for a conference championship and potentially a national championship.”