- BCom / 07
When Osvaldo Jeanty was an 18-year-old freshman trying to crack the lineup of the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team, he got up at 6:30 a.m. to play ball, slept for a few hours, did the school work he needed to do for the day, came back to the gym for weights at 3 p.m., and then played more basketball at 6. His hard work made Jeanty a household name in Canadian university sport.
Among the numerous accolades and awards Jeanty has earned over the years are: winning the CIS national basketball championship five years in a row; playing for the 2006 Canada Basketball Men’s senior team; and being named the 2006 and 2007 Canadian Interuniversity Sport male athlete of the year, Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East player of the year for two years, OUA and Carleton University male athlete of the year, Le Droit-Radio Canada Francophone Athlete of the Year, and City of Ottawa’s Basketball Player of the Year.
Off the court, Jeanty participates in extensive community service activities including coaching in basketball camps, clinics and helping head coach Dave Smart run instructional sessions for the youth in Ottawa and the Outaouias.
In August 2007, Jeanty went professional, signing a one-year contract with TSV 1861 Noerdlingen of the Pro A League in Germany. There he continued his winning streak by helping Nordlingen win the Division “A” Championship with a 25-5 team record and move up to the German First Division (BBL).