NBLC Teams Add New Recruits in 2018 Entry Draft

NBLC Teams Add New Recruits in 2018 Entry Draft

(August 26, 2018, Windsor, Ont.) – With trades and negotiations coming right down to hours just before draft day, the National Basketball League of Canada's ten teams held their eighth annual Entry Draft.  Players from the recent NBL Draft Combine participated in two days of training and drills in Windsor, from whom twenty men were selected for the upcoming 2018-19 NBL Canada season.

"After a grueling weekend of competitive basketball, this year's draft picks truly earned the right to play in our league," said NBL Canada Deputy Commissioner Audley Stephenson. They were talented, demonstrated professionalism and made the selection process extremely difficult for the coaches and scouts on hand."

Teams selected players based originally on finishing order during the 2017-18 regular season, adjusted by player trades.  And although the expansion Sudbury Five were scheduled to pick first in the draft, they traded their pick to the Moncton Magic for the rights to NBL veteran Juan Pattillo.  With that first pick, Moncton selected Miles Seward, a 6'2", 172-pound guard from Toronto who played at McMaster University.

Because the Niagara River Lions left the NBL after the 2017-18 season, their draft pick in the second round disappeared; however, they did trade their first-round pick during the 2017-18 season to the Saint John Riptide, and the Riptide was able to use that pick – along with two others in the first round, acquired through trades and finishing position.

With those picks, the Riptide drafted Brent Arrington, Darnell Landon and Gabe McCray from the combine.  "When we arrived at the draft combine," said Riptide head coach Nelson Terroba, "we were pleased with the players that were there.  We had some needs that we want to address, and were able to adapt what was in front of us at the combine and adjust to that in the draft."

The Island Storm traded their draft picks during the 2017-18 season and did not select any players in this entry draft.

The draft picks and the teams who selected same are listed below.

FIRST ROUND

1.      Moncton Magic [1] - MILES SEWARD, 6'2", 172, Guard, McMaster (Canadian)

2.      Kitchener-Waterloo Titans – AARON JACKSON, 6'6", 205, Forward, Akron

3.      Cape Breton Highlanders – CHARLES BOOZER, 6'4", 189, Guard, Iowa State

4.      Saint John Riptide [2] – BRENT ARRINGTON, 6'3", 190, Guard, Morehead State

5.      Saint John Riptide [3] – DARNELL LANDON, 6'3", 191, Guard, Mayville State (Canadian)

6.      Saint John Riptide – GABE McCRAY, 6'7', 200, Forward, South Carolina State

7.      Moncton Magic [4] – EDWARD ASAMOAH, 6'7", 200, Forward/Centre, Bridgeport (Canadian)

8.      Sudbury Five [5] - FUNSHO DIMEJI, 6'5", 230, Forward, Durham (Canadian)

9.      St. John's Edge – CHRIS EARLY, 6'2", 244, Forward, Chattanooga

10.   London Lightning – JONATHAN WALLACE, 6'1", 191, Guard, Guelph (Canadian)

11.   Halifax Hurricanes – DAVON ELEY, 6'4", 189, Guard, Lakeland Community College

SECOND ROUND

12.   Windsor Express [6] - MIROSLAV JAKSIĆ, 6'11", 233, Centre, Oklahoma Christian (Canadian-Serbian)

13.   Kitchener-Waterloo Titans – MATTHEW HART, 6'2", 180, Guard, George Washington

14.   Cape Breton Highlanders – BENJAMIN BATTS JR., 6'1", 169, Guard, LSU Shreveport

15.   Cape Breton Highlanders [7] – MARCUS JONES, 6'1", 195, Guard, Windsor (Canadian)

16.   Saint John Riptide – DAVID ATKINSON, 6'7", 234, Forward, Salem International

17.   Windsor Express – DANIEL DOOLEY, 6'3", 190, Guard, Wheeling Jesuit (Canadian)

18.   St. John's Edge – AARON EDISON, 6'2", 176, Guard, Santa Monica

19.   London Lightning – JAMEEL WILLIAMSON, 6'2", 198, Guard, St. Francis Xavier (Canadian)

20.   Halifax Hurricanes – DONELL TUFF, 6'6", 210, Power Forward / Centre, Albany State

PICKS BY TEAM

CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDERS

3.            CHARLES BOOZER, 6'4", 189, Guard, Iowa State
14.         BENJAMIN BATTS JR., 6'1", 169, Guard, LSU Shreveport
15.         MARCUS JONES, 6'1", 195, Guard, Windsor (Canadian)

HALIFAX HURRICANES

11.         DAVON ELEY, 6'4", 189, Guard, Lakeland Community College
20.         DONELL TUFF, 6'6", 210, Power Forward / Centre, Albany State

ISLAND STORM

No picks available.

KITCHENER-WATERLOO TITANS

2.            AARON JACKSON, 6'6", 205, Forward, Akron
13.         MATTHEW HART, 6'2", 180, Guard, George Washington

LONDON LIGHTNING

10.         JONATHAN WALLACE, 6'1", 191, Guard, Guelph (Canadian)
19.         JAMEEL WILLIAMSON, 6'2", 198, Guard, St. Francis Xavier (Canadian)

MONCTON MAGIC

1.            MILES SEWARD, 6'2", 172, Guard, McMaster (Canadian)
7.            EDWARD ASAMOAH, 6'7", 200, Forward/Centre, Bridgeport (Canadian)

SAINT JOHN RIPTIDE

4.            BRENT ARRINGTON, 6'3", 190, Guard, Morehead State
5.            DARNELL LANDON, 6'3", 191, Guard, Mayville State (Canadian)
6.            GABE McCRAY, 6'7', 200, Forward, South Carolina State
16.         DAVID ATKINSON, 6'7", 234, Forward, Salem International

ST. JOHN'S EDGE

9.            CHRIS EARLY, 6'2", 244, Forward, Chattanooga
18.         AARON EDISON, 6'2", 176, Guard, Santa Monica

SUDBURY FIVE

8.            FUNSHO DIMEJI, 6'5", 230, Forward, Durham (Canadian)

WINDSOR EXPRESS

12.         MIROSLAV JAKSIĆ, 6'11", 233, Centre, Oklahoma Christian (Canadian-Serbian)
17.         DANIEL DOOLEY, 6'3", 190, Guard, Guelph (Canadian)



[1] Moncton Magic traded the rights to Juan Pattillo and their first-round pick (8th overall) to Sudbury Five for Sudbury's first-round draft pick (1st overall) and future considerations.

[2] Saint John Riptide received Niagara River Lions' first-round pick (4th overall) for Anthony Stover.  Although the River Lions left the NBL, the draft position is still valid.

[3]  Saint John Riptide received St. John's Edge's first-round pick for Gabe Freeman; Edge had acquired Island Storm's pick (5th overall) for Jarion Henry.

[4] Moncton Magic received Windsor Express' first-round pick (7th overall) for Chad Frazier.

[5] Sudbury Five received Moncton Magic's first-round pick (8th overall) and the rights to Juan Pattillo in exchange for Sudbury's first-round pick (1st overall) and future considerations.

[6] Windsor Express received Sudbury Five's second-round pick (12th overall) for the rights to Braylon Rayson.

[7] Cape Breton Highlanders received Island Storm's second round pick (14th overall) for Shane Osayande.