The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced Thursday that it will be holding its 2019 Entry Draft Reveal on March 23, 2019 in Hamilton, home of the Hamilton Honey Badgers.
The invite-only event, which will be held at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, will also be live streamed internationally on CEBL.tv.
“Its an exciting time for our league as fans will get a first-hand look at the top players that will play in our inaugural season” said Mike Morreale, Chief Executive Officer of the CEBL. “Team General Managers and other officials will be joined by celebrities and influencers, Canadian basketball officials, community leaders, media, and sponsors for a monumental night in the history of basketball in our country. This will be a unique event for a unique league, and one that can be experienced by people around the world through a live stream.”
The order of the draft will be determined by a blind draw and announced publicly on Wednesday, March 6th at 9pm Eastern time. Once the draft order has been determined the 13-round draft will follow a snake format, with teams selecting one through six in Round One followed by sixth through first in Round Two and so forth.
“There is no dearth of talent when it comes to basketball in this country” said Joe Raso, Director of Basketball Operations, CEBL. “Thanks to the league making key partnerships with Canada Basketball and U SPORTS, I am extremely excited to see how our rosters take shape as the CEBL becomes an elite platform for the development of the sport in this country”.
CEBL rosters will be predominantly comprised Canadians playing professionally during the traditional basketball season, as well as a number of international and U SPORTS players.
The 2019 Entry Draft will consist of 11 rounds, followed immediately by a two round U SPORTS draft. The breakdown of rounds will be as follows:
Round 1-4: Canadian Regional Rounds
The first four rounds of the draft will be have a regional focus as all CEBL teams will select only top players from their respective regions, allowing each team to have a nucleus of players from their own region. The three eastern clubs must select players based in Ontario and east, while the three western clubs must select players from Manitoba to the west.
Round 5-11: General Draft Rounds
Commencing with Round Five, the draft will open up for all teams to select players from any region of the world.
Round 12 – 13: The U SPORTS Draft
The rising stars of tomorrow – these rounds will see teams select emerging Canadian basketball talent actively playing at U SPORTS programs across Canada.
The CEBL opens its inaugural season in May. The Hamilton Honey Badgers open their inaugural season on Sunday, May 12th at 4pm when they host the Edmonton Stingers from the FirstOntario Centre.