The National Basketball League’s Moncton Miracles didn’t have to look far for a player to potentially fill one of its roster spots in its inaugural season.
Moncton’s Matt Robertson travelled to Toronto last weekend to attend the upstart league’s first player draft.
While Robertson, who played university basketball for St. Thomas University and Crandall University, was not drafted he has been invited to attend the team’s training camp in the fall.
So far, Robertson is the only Moncton player who is scheduled to compete for a spot on the professional basketball team.
Robertson said he’s thrilled with the opportunity to play professional basketball in front of his hometown.
"Words can't even describe it," Robertson told a press conference.
"I just got chills here, you know. I can't even begin to talk about it, it's incredible, It's awesome."
Robertson got the invitation to attend the Miracles’ training camp by Norris Bell, the team’s head coach.
Bell said he'd like to have more players from Moncton.
"If we can get a team of all Moncton guys, who would be able to compete, shucks, I'd take them," Bell said.
Robertson still has to make it through training camp.
Bell said he's under no obligation to pick local players, but he will pick good ones, and he said Robertson is good.
Robertson was a stand-out basketball player during his time at St. Thomas University in Fredericton.
In 2010, Robertson was awarded the university's prestigious Tom McCann Award for commitment to the school. Earlier in his university career, he won the basketball team's rookie of the year award, earned the team's most valuable player honours, was a Canadian Colleges Athletics Association All-Canadian in 2006-07, and an ACAA second team all-star in 2009.
He was also a ACAA second team all-star in 2010-11 when he played for Moncton's Crandall University.
Robertson’s attempt to make the Miracles squad is similar to Grand Bay-Westfield's Mike Anderson successful fight to crack the Saint John Mill Rats’ roster last year.
The upstart National Basketball League of Canada was formed after some of the teams broke away from Premier Basketball League over concerns about the league's officiating.
NBL Canada is set to tip off in November with a 36-game regular season schedule ending in March.