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Sow recognized as OUA MBASK Rookie of the Year
BURLINGTON, Ont. (February 28, 2018) - Following their best season in six years, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team had a pair of players recognized by the OUA on Wednesday as the conference announced its major award winners and all-stars.

First year guard Ali Sow was announced as the OUA Rookie of the Year and a member of the OUA All-Rookie Team while second year guard Tevaun Kokko was named an OUA Second Team All-Star.

Sow, a native of Ottawa, had a fantastic freshman campaign for the purple and gold after joining the team from Merivale HS. The global studies major led all rookies in the OUA in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game while appearing in all 24 games for the Hawks, starting four. Playing just over 25 minutes per contest, Sow shot 45.9 percent from the floor, including a team-best 37.8 percent from three point range. Sow would also chip in with 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Despite coming off the bench for most of the season, Sow quickly became one of Laurier’s go-to scorers and finished the season with seven games of 20 or more points. That number included a season-best 31-point performance against the Brock Badgers, who were ranked No. 2 in Canada at the time.

Sow would go on to finish the season with 393 points setting a new team rookie scoring record.

The recognition makes Sow the sixth Golden Hawk to be recognized as a rookie of the year by the OUA with the previous five being named OUA West Rookie of the Year when two players were honoured by the conference.

Meanwhile, Kokko was named a second team all-star for the second straight season after another impressive year for the purple and gold. The Markham, Ont., native finished fourth in conference scoring as he poured in 19.3 points per game for the Golden Hawks. He also pulled down 3.7 rebounds per game and dished out 3.1 assists per contest.

In total, Kokko scored 425 points, the third-most ever in a single season by a Golden Hawk and that number gives him 808 for his career, already 10th best in team history.

OUA Major Award Winners

Player of the Year – Kadre Gray, Laurentian
Defensive Player of the Year – Marcus Anderson, Carleton
Rookie of the Year – Ali Sow, Laurier
Ken Shields Award – Mike Rocca, Windsor
Coach of the Year – Dave Smart, Carleton
Officials Award of Merit – Christine Vuong

OUA First-Team All-Stars
Kadre Gray, Laurentian
Manny Diressa, Ryerson
Eddie Ekiyor, Carleton
Dani Elgadi, Brock
Yasiin Joseph, Carleton

OUA Second-Team All-Stars
Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Ottawa
Cassidy Ryan, Brock
Mike Rocca, Windsor
Nedim Hodzic, Waterloo
Tevaun Kokko, Laurier

OUA Third-Team All-Stars
Tanner Graham, Queen’s
Jaz Bains, Queen’s
Nelson Yengue, Laurentian
Reilly Reid, Toronto
David McCulloch, McMaster

OUA All-Rookie Team
Ali Sow, Laurier

Evan Shadkami, Toronto
Kascius Small-Martin, Brock
Justin Malnerich, Waterloo
Tanor Ngom, Ryerson
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