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The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Julian Boyd (42) is currently recovering from his fourth ACL surgery, but it hasn’t stopped him on his basketball journey. The former LIU Brooklyn star sat down with Nico Wright to talk his recovery, life, and more. (Source: Stu Switzer – London Lightning)

LONDON, Ont. — Recently, I paid a visit to the London Lightning Head Office in London, Ontario, where I sat down with current Lightning player and former Long Island University (LIU) Blackbird star Julian Boyd.

We talked about many things: basketball, life, and something that has been a recurring theme in Boyd’s basketball career, and not for the better.

The anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly referred to as the ACL.  Continue reading The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Maryland-Eastern Shore alum Derrico Peck signs with the Saint John Riptide

Derrico Peck split his college career between Northeastern and Maryland-Eastern Shore. Now, he’s heading north of the border to play in the NBL Canada. (Source: @BeckerSportsCDN)

SAINT JOHN, NB. — With the 2017 NBL Canada Draft now in the rearview mirror, the attention shifts to the start of the 2017-18 season for the ten teams in the league.

After adding the likes of Cleon Roberts from the La Salle Explorers and Kyle Steward from the UMKC ‘Roos by way of the draft, the Saint John Riptide made some more personnel moves to bolster their roster ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The Riptide went out and added some more former Division I players ahead of the upcoming season, and added depth to the front court in the process.

Saint John signed 6’7” wing Derrico Peck, who most recently played for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks during the 2016-17 season, to add some size and athleticism to the roster. Continue reading Maryland-Eastern Shore alum Derrico Peck signs with the Saint John Riptide

Robert Ukawuba selected by the Windsor Express in the Second Round of the NBL Canada Draft

After playing four years with the NJIT Highlanders, guard Rob Ukawuba joins former teammate Tim Coleman in the NBL Canada. Ukawuba was selected 16th overall in the second round by the Windsor Express. (Source: NYC Buckets)

CANMORE, Alta. — The NJIT Highlanders are slowly starting to take over the NBL Canada.

Earlier this week, former Highlander Tim Coleman inked his first professional contract, signing with the 2016 NBL Canada champion Halifax Hurricanes.

Now, one of Coleman’s teammates from last season will be his counterpart in the NBL Canada.

Guard Robert Ukawuba, who played four seasons with the Highlanders from 2013 to 2017, was selected by the Windsor Express with the 16th selection in the second round of the 2017 NBL Canada Draft. Ukawuba took part in the Draft Combine over the weekend, and left his mark with the staff of the Express.

That makes two Highlanders coming north of the border in less than a week. Continue reading Robert Ukawuba selected by the Windsor Express in the Second Round of the NBL Canada Draft

Chicago State alum Aaron Williams selected first overall in 2017 NBL Canada Draft

Former Chicago State forward Aaron Williams has been selected first overall in the 2017 NBL Canada Draft by the expansion St. John’s Edge. (Source: Jay LaPrete – Associated Press) (Header: St. John’s Edge Basketball)

CANMORE, Alta. — The first draft pick in the history of St. John’s Edge basketball is in the books.

The Edge are the tenth team in the NBL Canada for the 2017-18 season, and the sixth in the Atlantic Division. On Sunday, they made the first overall selection in the 2017 NBL Canada Draft, one of their two selections on the day.

After the Draft Combine that saw close to 130 players put their talents on display for coaches and general managers of the ten teams in the league, the Edge were on the clock.

With their first selection as a member of the NBL Canada, the Edge selected forward Aaron Williams, formerly of the Chicago State Cougars. Continue reading Chicago State alum Aaron Williams selected first overall in 2017 NBL Canada Draft

Former NCAA stars headline the 2017 NBA G League Draft

Former Sacramento State center Eric Stuteville was taken with the first overall selection in the 2017 NBA G League Draft on Saturday, October 21st. (Source: The State Hornet)

NEW YORK — On Saturday, October 21st, the NBA G League held their 2017 draft via teleconference at their offices in New York.

Over 140 players made up the draft pool, with the hopes of being selected over the course of the four rounds. Each team had to make a minimum of three selections in the draft. After three selections, a team could choose to forego any selections after that.

If a team opted to forego a selection, they were unable to make any picks for the remainder of the event. The Northern Arizona Suns had three picks in the first round, and after they passed on their second round selection, their day was done.

In total, 96 players were selected in the 2017 draft. The players came from all across the NCAA, and a handful came from either JUCO, Canada, or other parts of the world.

Here are some of the more notable selections from the four rounds.
Continue reading Former NCAA stars headline the 2017 NBA G League Draft

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