Fraser Valley bandits add defensive ace Marcus Capers to back-court

The guard is the reigning defensive player of the year in the National Basketball League of Canada

The Fraser Valley Bandits have signed former Washington State University guard Marcus Capers.

Capers is coming off one of his most successful seasons as a professional basketball player, averaging 13.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game for the National Basketball League of Canada’s London Lightning. Throughout his career Capers has proven to be a defensive stalwart capable of guarding multiple positions.

His grit and energy on the defensive end were a large reason why the Lightning held opponents to a league-low 32.5 per cent shooting from three-point range, and the second-lowest points per game at 105.9.

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Capers won the NBLC Defensive Player of the Year award.

Capers has been with the Lightning for five seasons and was a member of the 2016-17 edition that won the NBLC title and was led by current Bandits head coach and general manager Kyle Julius.

“Marcus is like family to me. He was an integral part of our first team together in the NBLC,” Julius said. “We have won two championships together – one in Canada and one in China. Marcus is a world-class athlete and a special teammate. He is one of the best defenders and smartest players that I’ve ever had.

“Marcus can literally play all five positions and change the game defensively.”

Capers has also played pro b-ball in Finland and China.


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