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Finalists announced for Male Athlete of the Year

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – The Ryerson University Athletics Department will honour its student-athletes and their accomplishments at the 70th Annual Athletic Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 7 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.

Over the course of the next few days, ryersonrams.ca will highlight the finalists for all six major awards as we prepare for the big night. Today we focus on the best of the best with the finalists for the Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year award.

The Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year award is given to the most outstanding male student-athlete in a sport where recognition by other coaches as an all-star, MVP, OUA medalist or qualify for U SPORTS finals or OUA finals are important criteria in the nomination. Exceptional skills as demonstrated by their sport specific statistics are essential to this recognition. Leadership and sportsmanship are secondary.

The following Ryerson Rams (in alphabetical order) were nominated and chosen as finalists for the Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year award through the awards selection process.

Alex Basso – Hockey
Captain of the hockey team, the fourth year defenceman had a season to remember. At the conference level Basso was named the OUA West Most Valuable Player, the OUA West Defenceman of the Year, and an OUA First-Team All-Star. The recognition didn’t stop there as Basso was named a U SPORTS Second-Team All-Canadian. A stalwart on the Rams blue line, Basso was a shutdown defender but often the Rams’ offensive catalyst as well. Ranking 11th in goals scored, including seven power play goals for second in the league, Basso helped lead the Rams to the OUA quarter-final.

Lucas Coleman – Volleyball
In his fifth and final season in the blue and gold, Coleman saved one of his best seasons for last. Named the OUA East Player of the Year and an OUA First-Team All-Star, Coleman became just the second Rams player to eclipse 1,000 points and 1,000 kills in his career. Coleman finished second in the OUA with 4.7 points per set and was named a U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian. Coleman helped lead the Rams to their third straight appearance at the OUA Final Four.

Manny Diressa – Basketball
Known around the league as one of the purest scorers, Diressa did not disappoint in his final season as a Ram. Named an OUA First-Team All-Star, Diressa finished with 21.8 points per game to rank third in the conference. Able to connect from just about anywhere on the floor, Diressa also ranked fifth in made three-pointers this season. An OUA and U SPORTS silver medalist, Diressa was named a U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian and to the national championship all-star squad after scoring 27 points per game at the tournament.

Stay tuned to ryersonrams.ca for more finalist releases as well as the results from the 70th Annual Athletic Awards!

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