CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director
Following a record-breaking 2018-19 regular season, Denver Sparks-Guest of the Capilano University Blues men’s basketball team has been named a CCAA All-Canadian. He received the honour on Wednesday night at the Men’s Basketball National Championship banquet in Langley, BC.
A fifth-year forward who’s completing his Bachelor of Communication Studies, Sparks-Guest was previously named a PACWEST First Team All-Star for the second season in a row. He took his game to a new level in 2018-19 and delivered in all facets of the game, which included a number of huge individual performances. He finished second in the league in scoring with an average of 25.8 points per game, fourth in rebounds with 9.1 and fourth in steals with 1.9, also posting seven double-doubles. He finished with a 49.4 field goal percentage, and he scored the most field goals, third-most free throws, and 12th most three-pointers.
On November 17 he set the CapU men’s basketball single-game record with 53 points against Okanagan College, which is also the second-highest mark in PACWEST history. The next game he followed that up with 49 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Douglas College. Across the entire season, he set the Blues single-season record for points with 465, breaking the old record held since 2000-01.
After transferring from the University of the Fraser Valley, Sparks-Guest has shot up the Blues men’s basketball career leaderboards in his two seasons at CapU, ranking 5th in points with 773 and 7th in rebounds with 290; over her CapU career he averaged 22.8 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. Off the court he is a Peer Mentor for his teammates, and this past summer he was a lead instructor at a Blues basketball camp in the Similkameen Valley for First Nations Youth.
Sparks-Guest is the third Blues men’s basketball All-Canadian and the first since Jean-Paul Kamand won the award in 2006-07; the other recipient was Mark Marter in 1983-84. CapU Blues varsity athletics has now won three All-Canadians this season – Keith Jackson of men’s soccer and Simon Friesen of men’s volleyball the others.