In advance of the 2021 CEBL season, the Hamilton Honey Badgers made three selections in the 2021 CEBL SPORTS Draft.
Atlantlic University Sport’s reinging MVP Keevan Veinot of Dalhousie University was the First Round selection of the Hamilton Honey Badgers in the 2021 CEBL U SPORTS Draft.
Hamilton also selected forward Thomas Kennedy of the University of Windsor and guard Mychael Paulo of McMaster University in the second and third rounds, respectively. The draft was held by conference call with the seven member teams of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, and the league office announced the picks publicly Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Veinot, a 6-foot-4 guard from Port Williams, Nova Scotia, is the first ever Dalhousie University player to be awarded the AUS Men’s Basketball MVP. The 2020 U SPORTS silver medalist led his team in scoring average (15.6), minutes played (30.3), rebounding (5.2), assists (5.5) and steals (2.3).
Hamilton selected Thomas Kennedy, a third-year, 6-foot-9 forward out of the University of Windsor. This will be Kennedy’s second stint with the Honey Badgers as he was a U SPORTS draft pick during the inaugural 2019 season. Kennedy finished the 2019-20 OUA season as a Third Team All-Star, averaging a double-double in points (18.5) and rebounds (11.7). He led the OUA in rebounds per game and was third in blocks per game (1.3).
Hamilton selected Mychael Paulo, a 6-foot-4 guard with McMaster University in the third and final round of the U SPORTS Draft. Paulo most recently played for Montana State University where he averaged 6.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1 steal and 25.3 minutes in 31 games. Prior to playing in Montana, Paulo spent two seasons at Williston State where he averaged 15.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as a rookie.
Hamilton’s 2021 CEBL season is set to tip off on June 26th in Edmonton. The Honey Badgers’ hone opener is scheduled for Canada Day, Thursday July 1st.