The National Basketball League of Canada has announced that announced league-changes for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
Amongst the changes that came out of the annual owners meeting were their renewed commitment to work together and help grow the league, rather than bicker against one another.
“We had a great meeting today, all the owners are unified and on the same page so together we can advance the objectives of the League in Canada,” said NBL Canada Commissioner Paul Riley. “I couldn’t ask for a more passionate, dedicated group of owners to work with.”
Additionally the league and its owners changed the dates of the regular season, down-graded the number of games played to 32 while also bumping up the number of Canadians allowed per roster from three (3) to four (4).
- A 32-game regular season that is designed to put more focus on each home game as a special event.
- The season will start on November 1 and end on February 28th.
- The minimum Canadian player content has been increased from 3 players to now 4, demonstrating the league’s growing commitment to showcase Canadian talent.
- The protected player list has been increased to 6 players.
- NBL Canada teams may now sign players at any time in the off-season as opposed to just after the draft in previous years.
- NBL Canada team’s will retain the first right of refusal on their un-signed, protected players through the end of the season.
- The league’s annual combine has been scheduled for August 23-24 at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, ON. The draft is Monday night August 25th.
No changes were announced regarding the team salary cap which stays put at 150, 000 per team.
Carl English amazing 58-point effort sets NBL Canada scoring record
The return of long time fan favorite Carl English to Canada was definitely a moment not to be slept on.
English whose story is well chronicled has had an outstanding 15-year professional career across the top international leagues. A veteran member of Canada Senior Men’s National Team he decided to bring it full circle and concluded his storied career in his hometown province of St. Johns, Newfoundland.
When news broke that he was returning home it also meant that those same East Coast supporters who grew-up watching a young skinny grade ten kid would also get another opportunity to watch him once again showcase his game. English went from dropping 50-point games in high school to becoming only the third player from Newfoundland to play division one NCAA basketball.
On Saturday night, against the visiting Kitchen Waterloo Titans and with March Madness in full swing, the now 37 year-old English, delighted the fans once more with an incredible 58-point career-high performance to set the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) scoring record. English connected on 17-of-33 shots, 13/14 free-throws and nailed an incredible 11-of-20 three-point attempts in 127-117 win at Mile One Centre.
The previous record was held by Moncton’s Devin Sweetney in 2013 against the defunct Montreal Jazz.
English currently leads the NBLC in scoring in scoring at 25 points per game, shooting 44% from the floor and 38.5 from the outside, he also averages 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and has the St. John Edge eyeing a deep playoff run and potential championship.
River Lions Springer-Williams Jr. buries 10-of-12 triples, one shy of NBL Canada record
Niagara River Lions guard Clinton Springer-Williams Jr. buried a career-best 10-of 12 triples on his way to a 38-point night in a 108-93 win over the Windsor Express. Springer-Williams Jr. impressive performance came-up just short of Omar’ Strong’s NBL Canada record eleven three-pointers.
Springer-Williams Jr. shot 10-of-15 from the field, including for 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, he’s averaging 10.7 points per game and a scorching hot 46% from downtown for the up-start River Lions.