HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Another talented Canadian prospect has made the jump to Division I.
With as many as five players projected to be taken in the First Round of the 2019 NBA Draft, and the Toronto Raptors competing in their first-ever NBA Championship, the game of basketball has been sweeping the headlines in Canada in recent weeks. There are no signs of that slowing down any time soon, as the country has become more than just a hockey nation.
As one generation of Canadian talent will begin their professional careers, the next generation of collegiate players from north of the border are ready to take their turn in the spotlight. A plethora of Canadians have taken their talents to various levels of the NCAA, with several of them having committed to Division I schools.
On Monday, the Northern Kentucky Norse landed themselves a Toronto native guard from to bolster their back court ahead of 2019-20. Transfer guard Adham Eleeda committed to Head Coach Darrin Horn and the Norse on Monday via social media.
Eleeda took to his Twitter account on Monday to make the announcement.
Eleeda comes to Northern Kentucky after playing last season with the Sheridan C.C. Generals in the NJCAA. During his one season with the Generals, Eleeda was one of the top three-point shooters in the country. His 129 made threes ranked third among all players in Division I of the NJCAA.
Over the season, Eleeda made 29 starts while appearing in 33 games for the Generals, who finished the season with a 31-4 record. The 6’5” sophomore posted an average of 13.3 points per contest while shooting 41.9% from the field and 40.8% from beyond the arc.
To top off his strong shooting line, Eleeda shot 78% from the free throw line.
As a result of his strong shooting, Eleeda posted 22 games with double-digit points, six of which saw him go for at least 20 points. He made at least five three-pointers in 11 different contests, and he made at least eight jumpers from long range in five of those contests. Eleeda posted a career-best 30 points in a win over Western Wyoming C.C., and he connected on 10 three-pointers in the win.
Prior to playing for the Generals, Eleeda played his freshman season at Trinity Valley C.C. in Athens, Texas. He saw the floor in eight games that season before transferring. Eleeda played his prep basketball at the Toronto Basketball Academy.
– T. Bennett