VANCOUVER – Senior UBC Thunderbird guard Casey Archibald of Salmon Arm
earned his second straight nod as Canada West Player of the Year on Thursday as the conference handed out its annual men’s basketball awards. Archibald helped the T-Birds to a 20-3, first-place Pacific Division finish and was fourth in conference scoring (21 points per game), sixth in assists (4.68 per game), 13th in steals (1.73 per game), second in free-throw percentage (84.8 per cent), third in three pointers made (52) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84-to-1). He will leave UBC as the school’s second all-time leading conference scorer with 1,668 points behind only the legendary J.D. Jackson (2,045).

This was Archibald's fourth conference all-star selection.

“Casey has played the best basketball of his five-year career at UBC,” said head coach Kevin Hanson, “not only serving as our best and most consistent offensive threat, but also stepping up to take on a role as defensive stopper. He’s been versatile, playing both the point guard and shooting guard positions, and he’s performed time after time in pressure situations. To leave UBC as the school’s second all-time leading scorer is a tremendous accomplishment, and Casey has done a lot for this team and for the UBC program.”

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“Not only do we rely on Casey for his scoring and playmaking ability,” said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson, “but he’s always matched up against the toughest offensive opponent. He’s turned himself into a complete player this year and has been our most steady, consistent athlete throughout. He’s had to adjust his game with the addition of Pasha Bains and the two have become an incredible one-two punch, something they both deserve a lot of credit for.”

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