11 Ontario University players selected in 2021 CEBL – U SPORTS Draft
The 2021 Canadian Elite Basketball League draft class was announced on April 14, with 11 players from the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference selected.
|Name||CEBL Pick, Team||University||Hometown|
|Emmanuel Owoo-Toah||2nd overall, Niagara River Lions||Brock University||Toronto, ON|
|Isiah Osborne||3rd overall, Guelph Nighthawks||Carleton University||Windsor, ON|
|Ali Sow||4th overall, Ottawa Blackjacks||Wilfrid Laurier University||Ottawa, ON|
|DeAndrae Pierre||8th overall, Edmonton Stingers||York University||Brampton, ON|
|Thomas Kennedy||10th overall, Hamilton Honey Badgers||University of Windsor||Windsor, ON|
|Guillaume Pépin||11th overall, Ottawa Blackjacks||University of Ottawa||Montréal, QC|
|Jordan Henry||12th overall, Guelph Nighthawks||McMaster University||Pickering, ON|
|Lloyd Pandi||13th overall, Niagara River Lions||Carleton University||Ottawa, ON|
|Grant Shephard||16th overall, Niagara River Lions||Carleton University||Kelowna, BC|
|Graddy Kanku||18th overall, Ottawa Blackjacks||Ontario Tech University||Ottawa, ON|
|Mychael Paulo||19th overall, Hamilton Honey Badgers||McMaster University||Brampton, ON|
|Grant Audu*||20th overall, Fraser Valley Bandits||University of British Columbia||Toronto, ON|
The CEBL also announced this week that the start of the 2021 season has been pushed back from June 5 to June 24 in recognition of the constantly changing COVID-19 situation. When their season starts, select CEBL games will be available to watch on CBC Sports.
About the CEBL
The Canadian Elite Basketball League is a professional men’s basketball league which began play in 2019. The league was created to showcase Canadian men’s basketball talent; 70% of each team’s roster must be Canadian players.
Four of seven teams in the league are Ontario-based, plus one team each from Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The CEBL has a TV broadcast agreement with CBC Sports. The CEBL played a bubble tournament in summer 2020 in which the Edmonton Stingers were crowned champs.
Cover image: Ali Sow – Laurier Golden Hawks (The Cord)