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NIAGARA / TORONTO – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) revealed Thursday the results of the 2020 CEBL U SPORTS Draft. The seven CEBL franchises drafted 21 student-athletes over three rounds of selections from 10 different universities nationally. This is a coveted opportunity for top players in U SPORTS to get their first taste of professional basketball.
Each team had one pick in each of the three rounds with the newest CEBL franchise, the Ottawa BlackJacks, selecting first overall in the first round. All other teams picked in reverse order of how they finished in the 2019 CEBL season (Fraser Valley Bandits, Guelph Nighthawks, Edmonton Stingers, Niagara River Lions, Hamilton Honey Badgers, and Saskatchewan Rattlers). The following rounds saw the order determined in snake format with the BlackJacks picking last in Round 2 and the 2019 champion Saskatchewan Rattlers picking first, while the order in the third round remaining the same as round one.
CEBL clubs have a choice of enrolling one U SPORTS player on their 10-men active roster in one of two categories – a U SPORTS Developmental player returning with eligibility or a U SPORTS current year graduate not returning to his university program. Six current year graduates were chosen in the draft, and the remaining 15 draftees were classified as a developmental player returning with eligibility.
Tajinder Lall, a fourth-year, 6’6’’ forward and recent 2020 U SPORTS national champion with the Carleton University Ravens, was picked first overall by the Ottawa BlackJacks. Lall was followed in the first round by Parmvir Bains, a guard from University of the Fraser Valley, selected by the Fraser Valley Bandits. The Guelph Nighthawks chose Marcus Anderson, a 6’3’’ guard with Carleton University and winner of the 2018 and 2019 U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year award, with the third pick. The Edmonton Stingers followed with Dalhousie forward Alexander (Sascha) Kappos, and the Niagara River Lions tabbed Brock guard Emmanuel Owootoah.