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Nikita Kasongo named U Sport Rookie of the Year

Nikita Kasongo named U Sport Rookie of the Year

U SPORTS men's basketball major award winners


DR. PETER MULLINS TROPHY (Rookie of the Year): Nikita Kasongo, Saint Mary's

The 2017-18 U SPORTS Rookie of the Year is Nikita Kasongo of the Saint Mary's Huskies.

A 6-foot-4 guard from Montreal, Que., Kasongo started in all 20 of the Huskies' regular season games.

He led all freshman scorers, averaging 18.9 points per game, good for fifth overall in the AUS conference and second in team scoring, behind only Saint Mary's first team all-star Kemar Alleyne.

He averaged 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Kasongo is the first-ever Saint Mary's player to be named U SPORTS Rookie of the Year.

"Nikita has been a great player for us in his first year," said Saint Mary's head coach Jonah Taussig. "His ability to score in a variety of ways, as well as defend multiple positions were a big reason we finished the regular season with a 14-6 record. I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops in the coming years."


CW: Grant Shephard, UBC, OUA: Ali Sow, Laurier, RSEQ: Nervens Demosthene, Bishop's



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