Klassen named first-team all-Canadian

John Decoste jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca
Published on March 5, 2014

Acadia's Owen Klassen, shown here in action against St. F.X. during the AUBC playoffs in Halifax, was named a first-team all-Canadian Wednedsday. It is the third straight all-Canadian selection for Klassen, and the second year in a row he has made the first team.

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Conference MVP, top defensive player recognized by CIS for second straight year

Acadia’s Owen Klassen capped a stellar five-year career with the basketball Axemen by being named a first-team all-Canadian for a second straight year.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced the men's basketball All-Canadians and CIS major award winners on Wednesday, March 5.

Klassen, a six-foot-10 forward from Kingston, Ont., won the Atlantic conference Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards last week and was a finalist for the CIS version of both awards.

It was the third consecutive all-Canadian selection for Klassen, who was also a first- team selection a year ago after making the second team in 2012.

Axemen head coach Steve Baur, the AUS Coach of the Year for men’s basketball for the first time in his career, was a finalist for the Stu Aberdeen Trophy as CIS Coach of the Year.

Klassen was Acadia men’s basketball’s only all-Canadian pick this year. The only other AUS player named an all-Canadian was UNB’s Javon Masters, the AUS and CIS Rookie of the Year, who was chosen to the second team and the CIS All-Rookie team.