EDMONTON, AB (February 28, 2019) – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is pleased to announce Ryan McLaren of the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder has been selected as the 2018-19 ACAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year.
Ryan is a 5th year management student at Concordia and he has been a tremendous leader for the Thunder this season. Year in and year out McLaren is creating a buzz across the league, this season he managed to put up a CCAA leading 560 points and has also jumped into second in all-time ACAC scoring with 1,692 career points.
Ryan has been an excellent student ambassador for Concordia and Athletics Director, Joel Mrak, is honoured to have had him in the men's basketball program for five years, "Ryan is a rare talent from a quiet leader in the men's basketball program at Concordia. He is calm, composed, and leads by example every time he steps onto the basketball court. While he has had a stellar 5-year career at CUE, he has worked extra hard to make his teammates better and ensure that they are making valuable contributions to the team in order to achieve their goals. It has been enjoyable watching such a selfless player compete at such a high level over the years and am proud of his accomplishments while wearing the blue and gold."
McLaren in his last season for the Thunder is hungry for an ACAC Championship banner after settling for an ACAC bronze last year. The Thunder will kick off of the ACAC Championships on Thursday afternoon against Ambrose University.
This prestigious award was presented to Ryan McLaren at the 2018-19 ACAC Men's Basketball Championship Banquet held on February 27, 2019 at Lakeland College.
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