Canadian Elite Basketball League teams up with U-Sports

Canadian Elite Basketball League teams up with U-Sports

The new pro league begins play this May with one of its franchises located in Abbotsford.

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and U-Sports, the national governing body for university sports in Canada, have teamed up to provide competitive developmental opportunities for Canadian university men’s basketball players.

Student-athletes will be allowed to sign a CEBL developmental contract that offers them a platform to further help grow their talents in the summer months.

Top U-Sports stars will be eligible for a league wide entry draft scheduled for mid-March, following the 2019 U-Sports Men’s Basketball Final 8 tournament.

“We are excited to partner with the CEBL and give our men’s basketball student-athletes the chance to stay in Canada to pursue their dreams,” said U-Sports President and CEO Graham Brown. “We are happy to see the sport of basketball grow at home and help create a bright future for the sport across the country.”

The CEBL opens its inaugural season in May with franchises in Abbotsford, Edmonton, Guelph, Hamilton, Saskatoon, and St. Catharines (Ontario).

CEBL teams will play a 20 game regular season from May to August, culminating with a league championship playoff. CEBL rosters will be predominantly comprised of Canadians playing professionally during the traditional basketball season, as well as a certain number of international and U-Sports players.

See cebl.ca for more info.