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OTTAWA, Ontario – The Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced Thursday the signing of free agents Mutis Tutu and Yasiin Joseph.
Tutu, a six-foot point guard, averaged 7.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 19.8 minutes in 129 games split between Carleton University and Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Tutu captured two U SPORTS National Championships and three OUA titles with the Ravens. In 2019-20, he was named OUA Third Team All-Star and scored a career-best 23 points twice. In 2015-16 at LMU, Tutu set the school record with a 2.69 assist-to-turnover ratio.
A native of Cairo, Egypt, Tutu moved to Canada at nine-months old. He attended J.L. Forster High School in Windsor, Ontario where he averaged 24.0 points and 7.0 assists as a sophomore and helped lead the team to a 20-1 record. He transferred to La Lumiere School in Laporte, Indiana, and helped them compete for national titles while earning top-10 rankings nationally. In 2018, Tutu played in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia where he averaged 10.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals for Canada, and was named a First Team All Star.
Joseph, a six-foot-one guard from Ottawa, won four U SPORTS National Championships and three OUA titles during his five years with the Carleton Ravens. He averaged 11.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 20.1 minutes in 77 games. This past season, Joseph was named an OUA Second Team All Star and recorded a career-best 34 points January 25 versus Ryerson, hitting nine-for-14 from behind the arc. In 2017-18, he was designated an OUA First Team All-Star and recorded his first double-double with 26 points and 10 assists February 24 versus Laurentian.