Formally, it’s the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) U Sports activities Draft that shall be going down just about Thursday, April 14.
In actuality, every of the spring-summer professional league’s seven groups, together with the St. Catharines-based Niagara River Lions, shall be taking turns main as much as that day selecting apprentices from the college ranks.
“There’s a great pool of basketball expertise all throughout this nation and U Sports activities applications proceed to develop some a lot of our greatest Canadian stars,” the league’s chief government officer and commissioner, Mike Morreale, stated. “Will probably be nice to see these rising stars of tomorrow profiting from their alternative to study from and play alongside our high professionals within the CEBL.”
Gamers chosen within the three-round draft shall be getting the chance for on-the-job coaching within the growth league with out shedding their novice standing and eligibility to return for one more season on the post-secondary stage.
Lisette Johnson-Stapley, chief sports activities officer at U Sports activities, referred to as reserving a roster spot for a college participant a win-win for basketball in Canada.
“Over the previous two seasons, the CEBL has supplied U Sports activities student-athletes the distinctive alternative to pursue their skilled basketball careers enjoying of their house nation resulting in the great progress of basketball in Canada.”
As was the case final 12 months when COVID-19 cancelled the standard 20-game common season, draft-eligible gamers could have accomplished their eligibility in 2020-21 or are returning to their college groups within the fall.
Additionally they should qualify as Canadian and have accomplished a minimum of one 12 months of eligibility on a program beneath the U Sports activities umbrella.
Sustaining Canadian content material on the court docket is all a part of the CEBL’s mandate to develop the sport nationally. No less than 70 p.c of roster spots in a “league created by Canadians for Canadians” have to be from Canada.
Every crew additionally should have a minimum of one U Sports activities growth participant on its 10-man energetic roster always.
Representatives of the seven groups will convene by a digital platform for the draft previous to their alternatives being made public on April 14.
Within the first spherical, groups will choose within the reverse order of how they completed on the 2020 Summer season Collection: Saskatchewan Rattlers, Niagara, Guelph Nighthawks, Ottawa BlackJacks, Hamilton Honey Badgers, Fraser Valley Bandits, from Abbotsford, B.C., Edmonton Stingers.
Reigning champion Edmonton will choose first within the second spherical, with the order of choice for the final spherical reverting to the opening-round selecting order.
In 2020, the CEBL led all professional leagues returning to play after COVID-19 shot down the sports activities world in March. After hopes for a daily season had been dashed, the league determined to play a single-site with out spectators at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.
All video games had been live-streamed over CBC platforms, together with seven that had been televised nationally by the general public broadcaster.
A 14-game common season, down from 20, is scheduled to tip off June 5, pending approval from the federal government and public well being authorities.
Tyler Brown and Emmanuel Owootoah, each guards and each from Brock College, stuffed the U Sports activities growth spot of the River Lions roster for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, respectively.
Growth gamers preserve their novice standing regardless of enjoying in knowledgeable. As an alternative of being paid, they obtain a bursary to assist cowl tuition prices.