The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced Thursday that the 2021 CEBL U SPORTS Draft results will be revealed Thursday, April 14, 2021, on CEBL.ca as well as through the league’s social media channels.
“We are very excited for the third annual CEBL-U SPORTS Draft. Over the past two seasons, the CEBL has provided U SPORTS student-athletes the unique opportunity to pursue their professional basketball careers playing in their home country leading to tremendous growth of basketball in Canada.”
Lisette Johnson-Stapley - Chief Sport Officer, U SPORTS
“There is a tremendous pool of basketball talent all across this country and U SPORTS programs continue to develop so many of our best Canadian stars. With what has been a difficult year for all we hope the upcoming U SPORTS draftees will look forward with some excitement to see where they land for the upcoming 2021 CEBL season. It will be great to see these rising stars of tomorrow making the most out of their opportunity to learn from and play alongside our top professionals in the CEBL,” said Mike Morreale, Commissioner & CEO of the CEBL.
Representatives of the CEBL seven clubs will convene through a virtual platform for the three-round draft prior to their selections being made public April 14. The order of selection will be in the reverse order of finish by the teams during the 2020 CEBL Summer Series.
As was the case in 2020, draft-eligible U SPORTS players may have completed their university eligibility in 2020-21, or they may be returning to their university team in the fall and be classified within the CEBL’s U SPORTS Developmental player program. They must qualify as Canadian, and they must have completed at least one full year of eligibility at their U SPORTS institution. Each CEBL club must have at least one U SPORTS player on its 10-man active roster at all times.