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Oshawa to pick first NBL draft

July 20 2011

And with the first overall selection of the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada’s inaugural draft, the Oshawa Unknowns select…

The possibilities are many.

But one thing is for certain. Oshawa will have the NBL’s first overall draft pick come August 21, says the league.

“The NBL Canada pre-draft combine and draft will be ground-breaking for the country,” says NBL president and CEO, Andre Levingston. “The events will mark a new beginning of Canadian basketball talent, and will inspire and encourage the next generation of young Canadian athletes. We’re excited that young Canadians can now dream about being a basketball player in their own country.”

Both the draft and the combine will be held on the same weekend. On August 20 and 21, free agents and then Canadian players will work out for their prospective teams at the Seneca College Sports Centre in Toronto.

The draft itself will consist of three rounds, the first for free agents and the final two for Canadian players.

“It’s extremely important to the league that Canadian talent is given a unique opportunity to shine,” says Levingston. “The NBL Canada is committed to developing the nation’s talent, and we encourage those Canadians striving toward a professional career in the sport of Basketball to attend the pre-draft combine and draft.”

The NBL Canada Draft 2011 selection order is as follows:

1. Oshawa, Ontario

2. Prince Edward Island

3. London, Ontario

4. Moncton, New Brunswick

5. Saint John Mill Rats, Saint John, New Brunswick

6. Halifax Rainmen, Halifax, NS

7. Quebec Kebs, Quebec City, Quebec

The Oshawa ownership group is currently in the process of finalizing its involvement in the league and for the use of the General Motors Centre.

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