Category Archives: NBL Canada

Former Jacksonville State guard Erik Durham inks contract with the Windsor Express

Erik Durham and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks advanced to the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2016-17. (Source: Newsday)

WINDSOR, Ont. — What a year it has been for Springfield, Missouri native Erik Durham.

Back in March, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks made a run through the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the fourth-seed in the field, punching the program’s first-ever ticket to the Big Dance.

Durham recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in the quarter-finals. After a win over the top-seeded Belmont Bruins in the semi-finals, Durham recorded 11 points in the championship game to send the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament.

Jacksonville State was awarded a 15-seed, but were unable to pull off any Cinderella magic, falling to the Louisville Cardinals in the Round of 64, 78-63.

Now, five months removed from appearing in the NCAA Tournament, Durham has inked his first professional contract. The 6’4” guard will be heading north of the border to play for the Windsor Express of the National Basketball League of Canada for the 2017-18 season. Continue reading Former Jacksonville State guard Erik Durham inks contract with the Windsor Express

Podcast, expanded Canadian coverage among the changes at College Court Report

We are proud to be Canadian, and we want people to know that. Several changes are coming to CCR on Canada Day.

CALGARY, Alta. — Change is good, and sometimes, change is needed.

After three years, College Court Report is undergoing some much-needed changes to help provide a better sense of direction as the site continues to push forward and expand.

Being based in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, covering college basketball in the NCAA isn’t the easiest thing in the world for Canadians to do.

As we plan our expansion, and increased coverage, we want to showcase where we are from, while still providing the highest quality coverage we possibly can.

Below are the new changes that will be implemented, starting immediately. From expanded coverage across the NCAA and into Canada, to taking our opinions from print to audio, College Court Report is undoubtedly on the rise.  Continue reading Podcast, expanded Canadian coverage among the changes at College Court Report

Former Wichita State Forward Signs with the Cape Breton Highlanders

Chadrack Lufile was a part of the Wichita State team that went 35-1 in 2013-14. Now, in his third season of professional basketball, he's returning to Canada to play for the Cape Breton Highlanders.
Chadrack Lufile was a part of the Wichita State team that went 35-1 in 2013-14. Now, in his third season of professional basketball, he’s returning to Canada to play for the Cape Breton Highlanders.

The 2013-14 edition of the Wichita State Shockers were one of the best teams in recent memory in college basketball, by far.

While the Shockers ultimately fell to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Round of 32, that was their only blemish of the year. They finished the season with a record of 35-1, running the table in the regular season before falling in the NCAA Tournament.

Gregg Marshall’s squad had the likes of seniors Cleanthony EarlyNick Wiggins, Chadrack Lufile, and Kadeem Coleby, and a slew of young stars who were household names later in their careers. Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet were both sophomores at the time, while Tekele Cotton was a junior, and Shaquille Morris was only a freshman.

After graduation, the senior class went separate ways. Early was drafted by the New York Knicks, and Lufile was drafted by the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the third round of the NBA D-League Draft. The Canadian big man played just nine games for the Skyforce due to a torn ACL.

Now, his basketball journey has brought him back to where it all started.

Canada.

On Wednesday, Lufile signed a contract to play in the NBL Canada, joining the expansion Cape Breton Highlanders for the 2016-17 season. Continue reading Former Wichita State Forward Signs with the Cape Breton Highlanders

London Lightning Trade Warren Ward to Windsor Express for Two Players

On Tuesday, the London Lightning traded hometown boy Warren Ward to their rivals, the Windsor Express, in exchange for the rights to Doug Herring, Jr and Maurice Bolden. (Source: London Lightning)
On Tuesday, the London Lightning traded hometown boy Warren Ward to their rivals, the Windsor Express, in exchange for the rights to Doug Herring, Jr and Maurice Bolden. (Source: London Lightning)

With the 2016-17 NBL Canada season under a month away, teams are starting to assemble their training camp rosters, and get the right pieces in place as they embark on the journey towards the NBL Canada Championship.

Even though each team protected six players from last year’s roster at the start of the off-season, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from off-season moves.

On Tuesday, the London Lightning and the Windsor Express pulled off a trade that will drastically shake up the lineup for both teams moving forwards.

The Lightning sent hometown boy, and fan favourite, Warren Ward to the Express, in exchange for the rights to Doug Herring, Jr. and a former Lightning player, Maurice Bolden. Continue reading London Lightning Trade Warren Ward to Windsor Express for Two Players

Former Arizona State Guard Jahii Carson Signs with the Island Storm

After playing last season in Turkey, former Arizona State star Jahii Carson has signed with the Island Storm in the NBL Canada.
After playing last season in Turkey, former Arizona State star Jahii Carson (1) has signed with the Island Storm in the NBL Canada.

Don’t look now, but the NBL Canada has quietly become a premier destination for players who are looking to earn contracts overseas or in the NBA.

In the last 18 months alone, a slew of former NCAA stars have taken to the court in Canada, either starting their professional careers right out of college, or with the hopes of re-launching their careers.

Last season, the likes of Brandan Kearney (Michigan State Spartans/Detroit Titans)Sherron Collins (Kansas Jayhawks)Stephen Maxwell (Cal State Northridge Matadors), and several other former NCAA stars were on NBL Canada rosters. Maxwell was named the NBL Canada Rookie of the Year in his first year out of college, and has his sights set on the NBA D-League in 2016-17.

In 2016-17, more NCAA talents are making their way north of the border. The Moncton Miracles added a pair of Division I talents, signing Russell Byrd (Michigan State) and Darius Jones-Gibson (Samford Bulldogs) to professional contracts, while several teams drafted Division I talents in the inaugural All-Canadian draft.

However, it was the Island Storm who made the biggest free agency signing of the off-season so far.

On Friday morning, the Storm announced that they had signed guard Jahii Carson for the 2016-17 season. Continue reading Former Arizona State Guard Jahii Carson Signs with the Island Storm

RECAP: London Lightning Get Scoring from Everyone in 129-97 Victory over the Orangeville A’s

Tyshawn Patterson came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points, and every London player scored at least 2 points in the teams 129-97 win over Orangeville on Saturday night. Source: Stu Switzer)
Tyshawn Patterson came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points, and every London player scored at least 2 points in the teams 129-97 win over Orangeville A’s on Saturday night. (Source: Stu Switzer)

After a shaky East Coast road trip, the London Lightning couldn’t wait to get back on their home floor.

The Lightning went 1-3 over the past week against teams from the Atlantic Division, including a 119-107 loss to the Halifax Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Back home in front of their home crowd, the Lightning were looking to get back on the right track as the playoffs are quickly approaching. A big first quarter put the team on the right track, as they reeled off a 25-5 run over the last 6:52 to blow the game wide open.

With the exception of an early deficit in the opening minutes, the Lightning led for the majority of the game, using their explosive first quarter to put the game to bed early. London came away with a 32-point victory over the Orangeville A’s, 129-97. Continue reading RECAP: London Lightning Get Scoring from Everyone in 129-97 Victory over the Orangeville A’s