A former University of Manitoba Bisons basketball player has been drafted to play in the Canadian Elite Basketball League.
Justus Alleyn, who played for the Bisons from 2013-2018, will suit up for the Saskatchewan Rattlers, having been selected in the third round (16th overall).
Alleyn started 17 games as a rookie in 2013-14, while achieving the top two in team scoring every season, including 2016-17 and 2017-18 where he led the Herd with 17.4 and 24.1 points respectively.
“It gives me immense pleasure to see such amazing talent represent the league and its six teams,” said Mike Morreale, CEO of the CEBL. “Congratulations to all the players who got drafted — it’s a historic time for a Canadian basketball fan.”
Alleyn, a St. Paul’s graduate, earned a silver medal as part of Team Canada’s Commonwealth Games roster. The medal was Canada’s first-ever in men’s basketball at the games.
The University of Winnipeg Wesmen also had two of their former players drafted to the upstart league.
Former Wesmen forward Jelane Pryce was selected to play for the Saskatchewan Rattlers in the second round and ninth overall of the regional rounds. Former Wesmen forward Jelane Pryce was also drafted to Saskatchewan in the same round.
The CEBL, the official professional league partner of Canada Basketball, opens its inaugural season in May with franchises in Fraser Valley (Abbotsford), Edmonton, Guelph, Hamilton, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), and Niagara (St. Catharines).
— With files from Bison Sports