Jermaine Haley, Diego Maffia Among BC Basketball Players on the Move in the CEBL
BC Boys are on the move in the CEBL!
With the CEBL season tipping off in just under a month, it’s time to familiarize yourself with some of B.C.’s best and brightest in the league.
The Vancouver Bandits never fail to find homegrown talent, selecting three B.C.-born players with their last four USports Draft picks. This season the Bandits bring home Diego Maffia (Victoria) and Brian Wallack (Surrey) ahead of their championship run.
Maffia is coming off a spectacular season, with the UVIC Vikes averaging twenty-four points and four assists per game. Maffia won the Canada West Player of the Year award and will undoubtedly be an incredible addition to the Bandit's backcourt.
Wallack brings size, athleticism and skill to the Bandits roster as the 6’7 forward will make his CEBL debut off the back of his best season yet with UBC. Wallack averaged fifteen points and seven rebounds this past season, converting on fifty-six percent of his attempts.
The Edmonton Stingers are looking to return to their winning ways and receive great help from new signees Jermaine Haley (Burnaby) and Adam Paige (Surrey).
Haley is back in Canada following a second stint in the NBA G-League with the Cleveland Charge and Grand Rapids Gold. Haley possesses a great, all-around game that will be a welcome addition to Edmonton.
Paige returns for his third CEBL season, playing out the last two seasons with his hometown team, the Bandits. Paige recently played out his fourth season at the University of Alberta, where he averaged a career-high of thirteen points while knocking down thirty-seven percent of his jumpers from beyond the arch.
The newest addition to the CEBL, the Calgary Surge, will welcome guard Mason Bourcier out of Kelowna, BC. Bourcier, a Canada West First-Team All-Star, returns to the CEBL fresh off an impressive season with Trinity Western University averaging twenty points and six assists per game. Bourcier brings three-level scoring and a natural playmaking ability that will help Calgary make a big splash in their inaugural season.
The Ottawa Blackjacks selected Sukhman Sandhu out of Surrey, B.C, with their pick in the USports Draft. Sandhu thrived in his post-secondary stint with UBC, where he flourished as a knockdown shooter converting on forty-four percent of his looks from three. Sandhu is a force inside and can punish opposing teams with his jumper. Sandhu will be a welcome addition to Ottawa’s squad.
As the CEBL free agency comes to a close and players report to training camp, keep an eye out for these young stars in the league.