Edmonton Stingers guard Xavier Moon has been named the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s first-ever Player of the Year.
Moon, who led the Stingers in scoring (19.9 points per game), assists (5.8) and three-point percentage (43.1), edged out Hamilton Honey Badgers Ricky Tarrant Jr. to win the award.
Both Moon and Tarrant Jr. were also named to the inaugural CEBL All-Star First Team.
Moon guided the Stingers to a 14-6 record and second place in the CEBL regular season, one game behind the first-place Niagara River Lions.
The 6-foot-2 guard from Goodwater, Alabama, will also be crucial to Edmonton’s success in the four-team CEBL championship tourney this weekend in Saskatoon.
Moon is no stranger to Canada — he played 40 games this season for the London (Ontario) Lightning of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC).
He joined the Stingers May 10, after London’s first-round loss to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans in the first round of the NBLC playoffs.
Canadian Player of the Year
Guillaume Payen-Boucard, at 6-foot-6 forward from Montreal, was named the CEBL’s first Canadian Player of the Year.
He led the Niagara River Lions in scoring (15.9 ppg), minutes (31) and offensive rebounding (2.0) and was also named to the CEBL All-Star First Team.
Stingers forward Jordan Baker was also a finalist for the award, averaging 13.9 points and a league-leading 9.3 rebounds per game.
Baker was also a Second Team all-star.
Defensive Player of the Year
Samuel Muldrow, a 6-foot-10 guard from Florence, S.C., was the CEBL’s leading shot-blocker this season, averaging 2.1 per game for the Niagara River Lions.
The league recognized him with its first-ever Defensive Player of the Year, edging out Marlon Johnson of the Saskatchewan Rattlers.
Muldrow set a single-game record with eight blocks July 20 against the Fraser Valley (B.C.) River Bandits.
Coach of the Year
Niagara River Lions head coach Victor Raso was recognized as the league’s first Coach of the Year.
Raso led the River Lions to a lead-best 15-5 record and never lost consecutive games. Niagara averaged 100.2 points per game and led the league in most other statistical categories.
No other CEBL team averaged more than 100 points this season.
Stingers coach and general manager Jermaine Small was also a finalist for Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 10-2 record.
U Sports Player of the Year
Stingers forward forward Brody Clarke was listed the top U Sports athlete in the CEBL this season averaging 5.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in six games.
U Sports has a development agreement with the CEBL that allows its athletes to play with CEBL teams during the university off-season.
All-Star First Team
C – Samuel Muldrow (Niagara)
F – Guillaume Payen-Boucard (Niagara)
F – Travis Daniels (Edmonton)
G – Ricky Tarrant Jr. (Hamilton)
G – Xavier Moon (Edmonton
All-Star Second Team
C – Marlon Johnson (Saskatchewan)
F- Jordan Baker (Edmonton)
F – Tavrion Dawson (Saskatchewan)
G – Marek Klassen (Fraser Valley)
G – Trae Bell-Haynes (Niagara)
CBC and CEBL sign three-year broadcast deal
Canada’s national public broadcaster is betting on basketball.
The CBC has announced a three-year agreement to carry Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) games on its online and mainline video broadcast platforms.
“This collaboration is an example of our ongoing commitment to men’s and women’s basketball, and allows us to create valuable connections with local communities of all sizes,” said Chris Wilson, executive director of sports and Olympics for the CBC.
“We’ve seen how this sport has the power to unite and bring people from across the country and all over the world together. We’re pleased to be able to continue this momentum by providing fans unprecedented coverage of the 2020 CEBL season.”
CBC will carry live streams of all 70 regular season CEBL games and its five playoff contests on the free CBC Gem streaming service, as well as on cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports mobile app.
The main CBC network will also carry seven regular season CEBL games and the CEBL Championship Weekend in Edmonton, according to a news release.
The CEBL is the only First Division professional basketball league in Canada and launched in 2019 with teams in Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Niagara, Guelph, Fraser Valley, B.C., and Hamilton, Ont.
An expansion franchise in Ottawa was announced earlier this week. The league launches its second season in May 2020.
“The CEBL is thrilled to welcome CBC as its premier media partner,” said league commissioner Mike Morreale in a statement.
“This CBC Sports partnership is a game changer for basketball in Canada.”
Saskatchewan won the inaugural CEBL championship in Saskatoon in August 2019, and the league has steadily built support through partnerships with U Sports and Canada Basketball.
CEBL games take place exclusively in the spring and summer, and a majority are within the traditional offseason for professional and university basketball.
As a result, both U Sports and Canada Basketball are able to treat the CEBL as a development league.
“As we experience historic times for basketball in Canada, the CEBL will play a pivotal role in showcasing the growing talent from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Glen Grunwald, a former NBA general manager and current CEO of Canada Basketball.
“Canada Basketball is proud of the partnership with the CEBL as its First Division Professional League. The collaboration between CBC Sports and the CEBL provides increased opportunities to tell the stories of amazing Canadian basketball players, coaches and officials.”
CBC’s mainline broadcast schedule for CEBL game is as follows:
CEBL Games on CBC*
|Saturday, May 30, 2020 (4 p.m. Eastern)||Ottawa at Hamilton|
|Saturday, June 6, 2020 (4 p.m. Eastern)||Edmonton at Guelph|
|Saturday, June 13, 2020 (4 p.m. Eastern)||Fraser Valley at Edmonton|
|Saturday, June 27, 2020 (4 p.m. Eastern)||Hamilton at Guelph|
|Saturday, July 4, 2020 (2 p.m. Eastern)||Hamilton at Niagara|
|Saturday, July 18, 2020 (4 p.m. Eastern)||Niagara at Saskatchewan|
|Sunday, August 16, 2020 (4 p.m. Eastern)||CEBL Championship|
|*Dates and times are subject to change.|
CEBL expands with Ottawa BlackJacks
Ottawa has been men’s university basketball’s Champ City for a minute, thanks to the Carleton Ravens dynasty.
Now Canada’s capital has a professional franchise gunning for that No. 1 spot.
The Ottawa BlackJacks, named after a super-speedy jackrabbit, is the first expansion franchise in the now-seven-team Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).
“The CEBL is thrilled to welcome the Ottawa BlackJacks to its roster of professional basketball clubs,” said league commissioner Mike Morreale in a statement.
“Ottawa/Gatineau and the surrounding area has a history of basketball excellence. The game was invented in Almonte, which is about 40-minutes west of the city. We look forward to bringing a family-oriented basketball and entertainment experience to the Arena at TD Place.
“This relationship ensures the sustainability of the team and delivers another club for the legion of sports fans in the Ottawa area to rally behind.”
The BlackJacks will play at TD Place starting in 2020, a massive downtown complex that already hosts the CFL’s Ottawa REDBLACKS and the OHL’s Ottawa 67s.
The venue has a 10,000-seat indoor arena, as well as a 24,000-seat outdoor football and soccer stadium. It’s also the site of the U Sports Men’s and Women’s national basketball tournaments in March 2020.
“The BlackJacks deliver high-end play on the court and a modern vibe in the air so it’s going to be something very new and exciting for the fans in our region,” said Mark Goudie, president and CEO of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which owns TD Place, as well as the REDBLACKS and the 67s.
Ottawa joins Edmonton, Guelph, Fraser Valley, Hamilton (Ont.), Niagara and reigning champion Saskatchewan in the CEBL, which launched earlier this year.
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