Canadian Elite Basketball League Reveals Picks for its Inaugural Season Entry Draft

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HAMILTON, ONMarch 25, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) revealed all the top talent that was drafted by the league’s six teams in its first ever Entry Draft on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The draft reveal took place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in front of media, sports and lifestyle influencers, prominent basketball personalities and executives.

The Fraser Valley Bandits had the first overall pick in the regional rounds and selected 6-foot-5 guard Joel Friesen, a Fraser Valley native who played for the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of Alberta before launching his professional career in 2015.

From players who have represented Canada Basketball to rising talents from current U SPORTS programs, below is a breakdown of all the players that were drafted into the CEBL.

Regional Rounds:

The first four rounds of the draft had a regional focus as CEBL teams selected players from their respective territories, allowing each team to have a nucleus of players from its own region.

Round 1

  1. Fraser Valley Bandits: Joel FriesenUniversity of Alberta / University of the Fraser Valley (Hometown: Abbotsford, BC)
  2. Edmonton Stingers: Mamadou GueyeUniversity of Alberta (Hometown: Quebec City, QC)
  3. Guelph Nighthawks: Connor WoodCarleton University (Hometown: Guelph, ON)
  4. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Denzel James, MacEwan University (Hometown: Edmonton, AB)
  5. Hamilton Honey Badgers: MiKyle McIntoshUniversity of Oregon (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
  6. Niagara River Lions: Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton University (Hometown: Ajax, ON)

Round 2

  1. Niagara River LionsKassius Robertson, Missouri State University (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
  2. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Erik NissenAcadia University (Hometown: Quispamsis, NB)
  3. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Jelane PryceUniversity of Winnipeg / Ryerson University (Hometown: Innisfil, ON)
  4. Guelph Nighthawks: Jevohn Shepherd, Michigan State University (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
  5. Edmonton Stingers: Mathieu Kamba, Central Arkansas University (Hometown: Calgary, AB)
  6. Fraser Valley Bandits: Marek Klassen, Point Loma Nazarene University (Hometown: Abbotsford, BC)

Round 3:

  1. Fraser Valley Bandits: Diego KapelanMcNeese State University (Hometown: Vancouver, BC)
  2. Edmonton Stingers: Jarred Ogungbemi-JacksonUniversity of Calgary (Hometown: Winnipeg, MB)
  3. Guelph Nighthawks: Marvin BinneySt. Mary’s University, Texas (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
  4. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Justus AlleynUniversity of Manitoba (Hometown: Winnipeg, MB)
  5. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Duane NoticeUniversity of South Carolina (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
  6. Niagara River LionsGuillaume BoucardCarleton University (Hometown: Montreal, QC)

Round 4:

  1. Niagara River LionsTyrone WatsonNew Mexico State University (Hometown: Hamilton, ON)
  2. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Junior CadouganMarquette University (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
  3. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Thomas CooperUniversity of Calgary (Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  4. Guelph Nighthawks: Emanual ShepherdSouthern University (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
  5. Edmonton Stingers: Jordan BakerUniversity of Alberta (Hometown: Edmonton, AB)
  6. Fraser Valley Bandits: Dallin BachynskiUniversity of Utah (Calgary, AB)

Open Rounds:

Commencing with Round Five, the draft opened up for all teams to select players from any region of the world. The following were the players drafted by each team in the open rounds:

Fraser Valley Bandits:

  • Ransford BrempongWestern Carolina University
  • Rashaun BroadusBrigham Young University
  • Elijah FosterUniversity of Nevada
  • Troy GottseligUniversity of Saskatchewan
  • Maurice Jones, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Levon KendallUniversity of Pittsburgh
  • Conor MorganUniversity of British Columbia

Edmonton Stingers:

  • Corey AllmondSam Houston State University
  • Akeem Ellis, Coppin State University
  • Grandy GlazeGrand Canyon University
  • Greg MorrowWestern University
  • Christian MusokoSouthern Utah University
  • Adika Peter-McNeillyRyerson University
  • Ashton SmithIndiana University of Pennsylvania

Guelph Nighthawks:

  • Chris JohnsonSt. Bonaventure University
  • Myck Kabongo, University of Texas
  • Abednego Lufile, Arkansas Tech
  • Chadrack Lufile, Wichita State University
  • Meshack Lufile, Cape Breton University
  • Jamal ReynoldsCanisius College
  • Marvell Waithe, University of Arkansas

Saskatchewan Rattlers:

  • Kevin Bercy, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Alex CampbellUniversity of Windsor
  • Michael LinklaterUniversity of Saskatchewan
  • Shane OsayandeUniversity of Saskatchewan
  • Chad PosthumusMorehead State University
  • Gentrey Thomas, University of California, Riverside
  • Terry ThomasUniversity of Ottawa / St. Francis Xavier University

Hamilton Honey Badgers:

  • Murphy Burnatowski, Colgate University
  • Derek Cooke Jr.University of Wyoming
  • Justin EdwardsKansas State University
  • Ryan EjimCarleton University / York University
  • Shaquille KeithCape Breton University
  • Joe RoccaCarleton University / McMaster University
  • Tramar SutherlandUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock

Niagara River Lions:

  • Julian BoydLong Island University Brooklyn
  • Rayvon HigdonRedeemer University College
  • Alex JohnsonNorth Carolina State University
  • Joel KindredSaint Augustine’s University
  • Nem MitrovicUniversity of Portland
  • Jaylon TateUniversity of Illinois
  • Ryan WrightOklahoma State University


The rising stars of tomorrow – these rounds saw teams select emerging Canadian basketball talent currently playing in U SPORTS programs across Canada

Round 1

  1. Niagara River LionsFil VujadinovicRyerson University
  2. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Connor GilmoreMcMaster University
  3. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Chan De CimanUniversity of Saskatchewan
  4. Guelph Nighthawks: Malcolm GlanvilleUniversity of Guelph
  5. Edmonton Stingers: Narcisse Ambanza, University of Winnipeg
  6. Fraser Valley Bandits: Mason BourcierUniversity of British Columbia

Round 2

  1. Fraser Valley Bandits: Grant ShephardUniversity of British Columbia
  2. Edmonton Stingers: Brody ClarkeUniversity of Alberta
  3. Guelph Nighthawks: Myles CharvisRyerson University / University of Waterloo
  4. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Jean-Victor MukamaRyerson University
  5. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Thomas KennedyUniversity of Windsor
  6. Niagara River LionsTyler BrownBrock University

“It gives me immense pleasure to see such amazing talent represent the league and its six teams,” said Mike Morreale, Chief Executive Officer of the CEBL. “Congratulations to all the players who got drafted – it’s a historic time for a Canadian basketball fan.”

The CEBL, the official professional league partner of Canada Basketball, opens its inaugural season in May with franchises in Fraser Valley (Abbotsford), EdmontonGuelphHamiltonSaskatchewan (Saskatoon), and Niagara (St. Catharines). CEBL teams will play a 20-game regular season from May 9 to August 15, culminating with a league championship playoff at a site to be announced.

By The Numbers:

The CEBL Entry Draft saw prominent athletes being picked from several world class leagues and university programs. Below is a summary of where these athletes came from.

U SPORTS Background – 38 players from 21 different schools

U SPORTS Developmental Players – 12 players

NCAA Background – 42 players from 28 different schools

NBA G-League Experience – 12 players

Canadian National Team Experience – 26 players

International Players – 10 players

CCA Players – 1

More information about the CEBL may be obtained at


SOURCE Canadian Elite Basketball League

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