“We are extremely pleased with the level of talent we’ve seen in all seven of our markets during the pre-season,” said NBL Canada President and CEO, Andre Levingston. “It’s going to be a competitive and exciting season for our fans, and we are so appreciative and proud of the feedback and support we’ve received from the country.”
After an exciting two-weeks of preseason action, all seven teams have paired down to their 12-man rosters, with a total of 15 Canadians bringing their talent to the courts:
Papa Oppong , Christian Upshaw (Halifax Rainmen); Nick Lother, Patrick Sewell (London Lightning); Tristan Martin, Matt Robertson (Moncton Miracles); Yannick Anzulini, Cordell Jeanty, Ricky Volcy (Quebec Kebs); Jerome Brown, Sherton Sandeson (Saint John Mill Rats); Chris Cayole, Troy Gottselig (Summerside Storm); Kevin Francis and Tut Ruach (Oshawa Power).
“It feels great to play near friends and family,” said Oshawa Power Point Guard, Tut Rauch. “It’s exciting to be a part of this league, a part of Canada’s basketball history and it’s a great experience to play for a coach with the knowledge and wisdom of Mark Strickland.”
Ruach, a York University alum, was the scoring leader with 22 points and 5 assists at the Power’s preseason opener on Thursday. NBL Canada rules stipulate that each team must have a minimum of at least two Canadians on their roster for the 2011-12 season.
The Quebec Kebs will also play host play host to the Oshawa Power this Sunday at 1PM EST. The games can be watched live in French and English at http://webcasts.pqm.net/client/kebs/event/230/en/.
Each NBL Canada team will play a 36-game regular season, spanning from October 29, 2011 to March 4, 2012, with a playoff schedule to follow.