FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Sydney, NS, Canada | September 9, 2016
The Cape Breton Highlanders professional basketball franchise announced their picks in the first ever All Canadian Player Draft held by the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL).
The NBL is entering its sixth season with 10 teams vying for the title from Cape Breton to Ontario. An international player draft will be held this coming November, but a draft specific for Canadian players was held on September 8th.
Highlanders President and General Manager, Tyrone Levingston, traded his team’s 1st round pick (2nd pick overall) to the Windsor Express for the 7th pick and rights to NBL All-Canadian player Shaquille Keith. Keith just finished playing his rookie year with Windsor and is a former Cape Breton University basketball player.
Keith had an impressive season, ranking in the top 10 in several league statistics, including steals, blocks, assists, and 3-point field goals.
Levingston said, "Shaquille is a very talented player that I have been recruiting since the birth of the Highlanders. He's a great talent who was a member of the AUS championship team at CBU a few years ago. We're happy to have acquired the rights to Mr. Keith, and I know the community will be ecstatic to learn that he will, once again, be on board to bring another championship to Cape Breton Island."
In the 1st round, with the 7th pick, the Highlanders selected 6’0” shooting guard Jevon Masters from the University of New Brunswick. Masters is a former CIS rookie of the year. Levingston stated, “I have watched Javon compete since his rookie season, and we can always utilize the talents of a player like Javon Masters.”
In the 2nd round, with the 2nd pick, the Highlanders selected 6'4" University of Regina shooting guard Jonathan Tull. "Tull was a kid I had an opportunity to watch play in a few tournaments and he really caught my eye with his relentless work ethic. On both sides of the court, he took no plays off, and any team can work with a player like that," said Levingston.
Masters and Tull are likely to remain in university at this time, but should they decide to play in the NBL, the Highlanders would have first rights to sign them.
23 years old
26 years old
The Highlanders will be announcing more players soon and are set to begin their inaugural season December 26, 2016 at Centre 200. Tickets are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.