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5-peat for Dave Smart and Carleton U

In 1891 at a YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., a Canadian athletic instructor invented a simple game involving a ball tossed into a peach basket. It would take nearly a century for basketball to gain worldwide prominence and develop its own culture, fashion and vibe. Along the way, Canadians have played a huge role in popularizing the sport, on the street, in gyms and in the professional ranks.

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Five straight titles is an amazing accomplishment in any sport, and that's exactly what the Carleton Ravens are celebrating as they return home to Ottawa, fresh from winning their latest title at the Canadian University men's basketball championships in Halifax. Though the taste of victory is sweet, there's some dispute over who gets the credit. Head coach Dave Smart heaps praise on star guard Osvaldo Jeanty. "Everybody's witnessed it over five years. All I can say is, what he is away from what everybody sees in the public is better than what you see in the public. And what you see in the public's pretty special," Smart says in this 2007 TV report from CBC at Six. Meanwhile, tournament MVP Aaron Doornekamp gives full marks to the coach. "He's the best in the country by far, best in North America by far," Doornekamp relates. "Nobody works even close to as hard as he does, and it shows. We're an average group of guys and he makes us pretty special."
• As noted in this report, Carleton won the 2007 title over Brandon University, 52-49. The Ravens had their streak of five straight championships halted in 2008, falling in the CIS semifinals in double overtime to the Acadia Axemen 82-80. Carleton rebounded in 2009, winning the championship once again 87-77 over the UBC Thunderbirds.

• Dave Smart attended both Carleton University and Queen's University, where he graduated in 1994 with a degree in Sociology. At Queen's, he played three seasons of basketball with the Golden Gaels and set school records for highest points per game career average (26.6) and most points in a single game (43). Smart was hired by Carleton as an assistant coach in 1997 and became the team's head coach in 1999. He has been named the top men's basketball coach in the CIS three times, in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

• Osvaldo Jeanty is one of the most notable players in the history of Canadian university men's basketball. The Haiti-born guard was named CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) athlete of the year in 2006 and CIS basketball player of the year in 2006 and 2007. He also earned the most valuable player award in each of Carleton's first four championship runs, 2003-06. As noted in this report, in Jeanty's five years at Carleton his team won 133 games while losing just eight. He was a member of the Canadian men's national basketball team from 2006-07 but played a limited role. In 2007 he signed with TSV 1861 Noerdlingen of the Professional "A" League in Germany.

• As mentioned in this report, Doornekamp was the MVP of the 2007 championship tournament. He was also a member of the 2009 championship team. Doornekamp was playing for the Italian team Juvecaserta as of Aug. 2009. He was also a member of Canada's national men's basketball team as of Sept. 2009. According to Carleton's media guide, he is the nephew of coach Smart.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC News at Six
Broadcast Date: March 20, 2007
Guest(s): Aaron Doornekamp, Osvaldo Jeanty, Dave Smart
Reporter: Dan Seguin
Duration: 1:55

Last updated: October 7, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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