VANCOUVER - The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced the results of the 2021 CEBL U SPORTS Draft on Wednesday with six Canada West student-athletes among the selections.
Brandon's Anthony Tsegakele (6th overall), Alberta's Adam Paige (9th overall), Saskatchewan's Alexander Dewar (14th overall) and Tyrese Potomoa (15th overall), UBC's Grant Audu (20th overall) and Lethbridge's Colton Gibb (21st overall) were all selected in the three round, 21 player draft.
Tsegakele was the first Canada West student-athlete off the board, going to the Fraser Valley Bandits with the sixth overall selection. The 6-6 Gatineau, Que. product was named to the conference's All-Rookie team in 2019-20 after averaging a double-double of 17.4 points and 11.8 rebounds.
Fraser Valley dipped into the Canada West talent pool again with their second round selection (9th overall), selecting Alberta's Adam Paige and a third time when they chose UBC Thunderbird product Grant Audu (20th overall). Paige, a 6-8 forward out of Vancouver, B.C., was a key contributed for the Golden Bears in 2019-20, averaging 12.9 points while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. Audu got it done on both ends of the floor for UBC in 2019-20. The 6-4 guard/forward averaged 13.6 points and 1.2 steals per game.
The Saskatchewan Rattlers, who had the first overall pick in the draft, used back-to-back picks on University of Saskatchewan Huskies products Alexander Dewar (14th overall) and Tyrese Potoma (15th overall) to complete their draft class. Dewar heads back to the Rattlers after being selected by the franchise in the 2020 draft. The 6-3 guard from Saskatoon, Sask. averaged 17.6 points per game in the 2019-20 conference season. Potoma, a 5-11 guard out of Regina, Sask., has yet to play for the Huskies since transferring from Cleveland State University where he appeared in 19 games for the Vikings in 2019-20.
The Edmonton Stingers closed out the draft by selecting Lethbridge Pronghorns guard Colton Gibb. The 6-3 guard from Lethbridge, Alta. was a workhorse for the Pronghorns in 2019-20 leading the team in minutes played while averaging a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game to go along with his 14.6 points per game scoring average.
All 21 draftees are classified as developmental players, as no eligibility was consumed during the 2020-21 season due to the cancellation of the national championships.