Decorated basketball player graduates with electrical engineering degree

Rob Saunders

Rob Saunders has spent most of the past five years doing one of two things – working hard at his electrical engineering degree and polishing his moves on the Ravens’ basketball court. However, when he graduates this June, he will embark on a new adventure.

The 24-year-old sportsman says he’s heading to Europe, where he plans to backpack around the continent, meeting up with former teammates along the way. While he doesn’t have a clear route set out just yet, he says he is looking forward to experiencing other parts of the world.

Saunders, who has had a decorated basketball career at Carleton, says he’ll most remember the people he has met during his journey at the university.

“It’s nice to be able to look back and have the success that goes with being on [the Ravens basketball team], but it’s the relationships that I remember better than the accomplishments,” says Saunders. “I’ve had the chance to be around people I feel that I am privileged to be around,” he says, listing his teammates, his coach Dave Smart, Carleton Athletics and the engineering department among those who have had a positive impact on his undergraduate experience.

This tri-captain has had many successes during his time at Carleton. In addition to playing on the championship-winning team for Canadian Interuniversity Sport for four of his five years with the Ravens, Saunders was named the 2009 Ontario University Athletes East Defensive Player of the Year, the 2009 CIS Defensive Player of the Year and the 2009 Most Valuable Player in a championship game against the University of British Columbia.

However, Saunders isn’t only skilled when it comes to basketball. For three years running, Saunders received the Pat O’Brien Memorial Scholarship, which is intended for athletes who excel academically. He was also named an Academic All-Canadian for maintaining a grade point average of 80 per cent or higher for each of his first four years and he is hopeful that he will achieve it again in his final academic year.

He says it has been a challenge maintaining high grades and managing the time-consuming demands associated with playing varsity basketball.

“It’s tough,” says Saunders. “You don’t go out as much as your classmates because it’s a matter of devoting what time you do have to studying.”

But his hard work has paid off and after his journey around Europe, Saunders will return to Canada to begin his career in the engineering field. Saunders says he doesn’t have a specific plan in mind yet but hopes to find some answers in the upcoming year.

Although he’s open-minded about what the future may bring, one thing is for sure – Saunders says he will be back at Carleton to support his teammates at the 2010 CIS championships.

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