Phil Scrubb is two-time men's player of the year in Canadian university basketball while it's debatable if he's even the best player in his gene pool.
The Carleton Ravens, who have only the persistent Lakehead Thunderwolves standing in the way of another CIS title, are what they are because the player of the year's brother, 6-foot-5 small forward Thomas Scrubb, might be university hoops' ultimate two-way star, terrific at each end of the floor. One sequence in the first minute of the fourth quarter of Carleton's 84-69 disassembling of Acadia on Semifinal Saturday at the CIS Final 8 at Scotiabank Place captured it well. Scrubb used his condor wingspan to nab an offensive board to get the Ravens a fresh shot clock, passed off and worked to get open for a three from the wing. The Richmond, B.C., native ended up with the quietest 20-point, five-rebound, two-block, two-steal line you could imagine, while shooting an effective 83 per cent.
Or maybe it was summed up by that always-on Carleton coaching staff noticed between the semifinal games. A montage of highlights of various all-Canadian honourees contained a Freudian slip.
"It’s funny — they were doing the all-Canadian highlights and maybe they got Phil and Tommy mixed up because they kept putting Tommy up there," Carleton coach Dave Smart said. "I said to one of my assistants, ‘it’s ironic he keeps getting put up there because he’s been our best player in the last five weeks.' "
"He’s probably our best player in the best month and he guards the other team’s best player every night," added Phil Scrubb, who had 14 of his game-high 26 points during the decisive third quarter when Carleton pulled away after Acadia's all-Canadian forward Owen Klassen wore down. "He’s stepped up for us a lot lately."Read More »from Carleton Ravens’ Thomas Scrubb steps into spotlight as the quiet star