Basketballers recognized nationally

Rick Plato named coach of the year

- March 5, 2020

Plato & Veinot
Plato & Veinot

Head coach Rick Plato and third-year guard Keevan Veinot have earned national honours ahead of the 2019-20 U SPORTS Men's Basketball Championship.

The AUS MVP and a first-team all-star, Veinot was named a first team all-Canadian after leading the conference in steals, averaging 2.3 per game, and in assists, averaging 5.5 per game. The Port Williams, NS native led Dalhousie in both points per game (15.6) and rebounds per game (5.2).

In his seventh season at the helm of the Dalhousie program, Rick Plato has been selected by his peers as the U SPORTS Coach of the Year for the first time in his career, and the first in the history of the Tigers program.

This season, Coach Plato's Tigers finished with a 19-1 regular season record, a first-place finish in the conference standings, and earned the bye through to the semifinals of the AUS championship.

The Tigers allowed the fewest points against in the AUS this season (65.8) and were second nationally in the same category.

They led the conference in points per game (89.3), assists per game (17.8), offensive rebounds per game (12.5) and steals per game (12.1).

Dalhousie boasted a U SPORTS-best free throw percentage of 77.7 and a conference-best field goal percentage (47.7) and three-point percentage (35.5).

Under Coach Plato's leadership, the Tigers have taken home five of the last six AUS championship titles and a national bronze medal.



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