St. FX forward David Muenkat chosen 1st overall in CEBL’s U Sports draft

St. FX forward David Muenkat chosen 1st overall in CEBL’s U Sports draft

The hottest infusion of U Sports talent is on its way to the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).

St. Francis Xavier College forward David Muenkat was chosen 1st total by the growth Scarborough Capturing Stars in the CEBL U Athletics draft, the league declared on Tuesday.

The Montreal Alliance, another new team, picked Carleton’s Alain Louis — a Montreal native — 2nd general, while the 3rd growth club, the Newfoundland Growlers, took St. John’s native Cole Extensive of Memorial University with the 3rd choose.

CEBL commissioner Mike Morreale stated the draft class, showcasing 20 gamers from 19 distinctive universities across two round, was “fantastic.”

“U Athletics systems continue to acquire some of our country’s most effective gamers, and we can not wait for these increasing stars to enjoy alongside prime qualified expertise from all over the globe,” Morreale stated. “We hope that options like this continue on to aid forge future professional basketball stars who can signify Canada domestically and on the entire world stage.”

Pandi returns to River Lions

Carleton guard Lloyd Pandi, the CEBL’s two-time reigning U Sports player of the yr, returned to the Niagara River Lions with the ninth choose. Pandi averaged 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 22. minutes in 14 games for Niagara in 2021.

The Ottawa native is coming off his next consecutive U Sports activities championship with the Ravens, who conquer the Saskatchewan Huskies for the title earlier in April.

U Athletics chief sport officer Lisette Johnson-Stapley applauded the players chosen for their tenacity actively playing by way of a pandemic.

“The CEBL has offered these persons with a exclusive opportunity to go after their specialist professions while taking part in in their dwelling country and is critical to the advancement of basketball in Canada. We glimpse forward to seeing the draft class thrive throughout the place this summer time,” Johnson-Stapley said.

The CEBL’s fourth period begins on Could 25, showcasing 10 teams — up from seven the earlier two seasons. Canadian gamers must make up at minimum 75 for each cent of just about every team’s roster.