Athletics and Recreation

Athletic Banquet ’18 Finalists – Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year Award

Athletic Banquet ’18 Finalists – Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year Award


Lucas Coleman – volleyball. In his fifth
and final season in the Blue and Gold Coleman saved one of his best years 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 5th in made three
pointers this season. An OUA and U SPORTS sports silver medalist, Manny 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 final 8. Alex Basso – hockey. Captain of the hockey
team, the fourth-year defenseman had a season to remember. At the conference
level, Basso was named the OUA West Most Valuable Player, the OUA West Defenseman
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 shut down 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 also helped the Rams to the
OUA quarter-final. The winner of the Ryersonian Male
Athlete of the Year award, from the men’s basketball team is Manny Diressa.
Unfortunately Manny couldn’t be with us tonight as he’s in Australia
representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games but we would like to congratulate
him on his outstanding season and welcome teammate Roshane Roberts up to
accept the award and share a few words from Manny. So on behalf of Manny Diressa, he text me what
to say because he couldn’t make it today so I’m basically going to say what he said
or what he was going say today. So what he said it’s an honor to receive this award and
honouring me you honour my teammates and support the system. I thank God for
blessing me with the opportunity to attend Ryerson and enjoy these last
three years with all of you. It was better than I thought it would be. Wish I
could be here to celebrate this season. Congrats everyone and good luck in the
future.


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