U Sports Men’s Basketball Mock Draft Using the CEBL Format

1 - 6 Veinot
Keevan Veinot was the 6th overall selection in the CCR Canada Mock Draft using the CEBL’s U Sports draft format. Who else was selected? (Source: Dalhousie Tigers) (Header: Laurier Golden Hawks)

SARNIA, Ont. — Is there ever a wrong time to do a Fantasy Draft?

The answer: no.

Let’s face it. During this unprecedented time of self isolation and social distancing, we’re always looking for new ways to pass the time. We are no different, and we’re looking for ways to get people involved and engaged while keeping the conversation going year-round when it comes to both Men’s and Women’s Basketball at the U Sports and CCAA levels.

Back on March 26th, the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced their 21 draft picks in the 2020 CEBL U Sports Draft. A total of 21 U Sports men’s basketball players from across the country were selected for the 2020 CEBL season, the league’s second campaign overall.

That gave us an idea.

3 - 3 Epistola
(Source: Ottawa Gee-Gees)

What if we replicated the process, but got players, coaches, and media members from coast to coast in Canada involved to serve as the GM of their own team?

After some social media work, we assembled a field of seven draftees, and we were off. Here’s how we went about our business:

  • The seven draftees were assigned a random Canadian city to serve as their expansion team.
  • The draft order was randomly assigned thanks to a Random List Generator.
  • Much like the CEBL Draft, the order follows a snake format, meaning Round Two is reverse order in comparison to Rounds One and Three.
  • Any player from coast to coast in Canada was eligible to be selected, as long as they were listed on the school’s roster on their Athletics website at year’s end.

The draft was conducted offline to give those from different areas of the country enough time to make their own selections.

Outside of those guidelines, the main focus was to have a bit of fun with it. With each GM drafting just three players, the focus was to essentially draft the best 3-on-3 team that you could assemble with players from all across Canada. The stress levels went higher than expected when players on your Draft Board went earlier than expected, but a ton of fun was still had by all.

Here’s a look at the Draft Field and their randomly selected city, and how the picks all sorted themselves out over the Three Rounds.


Draft Field

  1. Anonymous OCAA Forward – FREDERICTON
  2. Griffin Porter (Reporter, Carleton Ravens) – MONTREAL
  3. Anonymous OUA Assistant Coach – KAMLOOPS
  4. Anonymous Canada West Lead Assistant Coach – SURREY
  5. Anonymous OUA Assistant Coach – SUDBURY
  6. Tyler Bennett (Founder, College Court Report Canada) – VICTORIA
  7. Satbir Singh (Reporter, Niagara This Week) – LONDON

1 - 4 Henry
(Source: McMaster Marauders)

Draft Results

Round One

Round 1, Pick 1: Ali Sow, Laurier Golden Hawks
2019-20 Stats: 23.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.7 apg; 40.8% FG, 34.2% 3PT, 78.2% FT

Round 1, Pick 2: Kadre Gray, Laurentian Voyageurs
2019-20 Stats: 23.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 6.5 apg; 43.8% FG, 32.5% 3PT, 91.6% FT

Round 1, Pick 3: Tanor Ngom, Ryerson Rams
2019-20 Stats: 16.7 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 1.1 apg; 63.5% FG, 78.4% FT

Round 1, Pick 4: Jordan Henry, McMaster Marauders
2019-20 Stats: 23.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.0 apg; 46.5% FG, 33.0% 3PT, 67.1% FT

Round 1, Pick 5: Marcus Anderson, Carleton Ravens
2019-20 Stats: 4.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apg; 35.2% FG, 24.0% 3PT

Round 1, Pick 6: Keevan Veinot, Dalhousie Tigers
2019-20 Stats: 15.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.5 apg; 44.1% FG, 31.8% 3PT, 82.8% FT

Round 1, Pick 7: Brett Layton, Calgary Dinos
2019-20 Stats: 20.6 ppg, 14.9 rpg, 1.1 apg; 62.8% FG, 50.4% FT


2 - 3 Lam
(Source: Lakehead Thunderwolves)

Round Two

Round 2, Pick 1: Rashawn Browne, Manitoba Bisons
2019-20 Stats: 19.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.5 apg; 41.6% FG, 35.2% 3PT, 77.7% FT

Round 2, Pick 2: Tevaun Kokko, Ryerson Rams
2019-20 Stats: 23.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.6 apg; 49.9% FG, 45.2% 3PT, 82.3% FT

Round 2, Pick 3: Lock Lam, Lakehead Thunderwolves
2019-20 Stats: 13.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.1 apg; 48.1% FG, 76.2% FT

Round 2, Pick 4: Cole Long, Memorial Sea-hawks
2019-20 Stats: 20.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 2.7 apg; 45.1% FG, 38.2% 3PT, 81.0% FT

Round 2, Pick 5: Isiah Osborne, Carleton Ravens
2019-20 Stats: 10.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg; 46.2% FG, 30.8% 3PT, 77.5% FT

Round 2, Pick 6: Sascha Kappos, Dalhousie Tigers
2019-20 Stats: 11.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 apg; 54.2% FG, 77.4% FT

Round 2, Pick 7: Thomas Kennedy, Windsor Lancers
2019-20 Stats: 18.6 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.5 apg; 49.5% FG, 68.3% FT


3 - 2 Joseph
(Source: Carleton Ravens)

Round Three

Round 3, Pick 1: Tyrell Laing, UNBC Timberwolves
2019-20 Stats: 21.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg; 44.9% FG, 36.8% 3PT, 86.4% FT

Round 3, Pick 2: Yasiin Joseph, Carleton Ravens
2019-20 Stats: 14.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.8 apg; 52.8% FG, 39.5% 3PT, 86.7% FT

Round 3, Pick 3: Calvin Epistola, Ottawa Gee-Gees
2019-20 Stats: 19.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 apg; 44.9% FG, 35.3% 3PT, 75.0% FT

Round 3, Pick 4: Sukhjot Bains, Fraser Valley Cascades
2019-20 Stats: 16.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.3 apg; 42.8% FG, 38.3% 3PT, 58.7% FT 

Round 3, Pick 5: Tajinder Lall, Carleton Ravens
2019-20 Stats: DNP

Round 3, Pick 6: Brody Clarke, Alberta Golden Bears
2019-20 Stats: 19.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.2 apg; 57.3% FG, 38.5% 3PT (6 GP)

Round 3, Pick 7: Jadon Cohee, UBC Thunderbirds
2019-20 Stats: 19.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.7 apg; 48.8% FG, 42.3% 3PT, 82.5% FT


Here are the full 3-on-3 rosters:

Fredericton
Ali Sow – Laurier
Thomas Kennedy – Windsor
Tyrell Laing – UNBC

Montreal
Kadre Gray – Laurentian
Sascha Kappos – Dalhousie
Yasiin Joseph – Carleton

Kamloops
Tanor Ngom – Ryerson
Isiah Osborne – Carleton
Calvin Epistola – Ottawa

Surrey
Jordan Henry – McMaster
Cole Long – Memorial
Sukhjot Bains – Fraser Valley

Sudbury
Marcus Anderson – Carleton
Lock Lam – Lakehead
Tajinder Lall – Carleton

Victoria
Keevan Veinot – Dalhousie
Tevaun Kokko – Ryerson
Brody Clarke – Alberta

London
Brett Layton – Calgary
Rashawn Browne – Manitoba
Jadon Cohee – UBC


Who has the best 3-on-3 team of the bunch? Leave a comment and let us know!

Or, join the conversation on Twitter (@CCR_Canada) and use #CCRFantasyDraft to let us know your picks!

– T. Bennett

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