Saint John, Moncton add new faces in NBL draft
New Brunswick's two new professional basketball teams added new faces to their rosters on Sunday night when the National Basketball League held its inaugural draft.
The Saint John Mill Rats and the new Moncton franchise selected three new players at the draft, which was held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The Mill Rats picked the first Canadian of the night when they picked Jerome Brown of Toronto with the fifth overall selection.
Ian McCarthy, the Saint John team's general manager, said Brown will help raise the team's game.
"He's very, very athletic, that's one thing we wanted to improve on our team this year, is to get faster, to get above the rim," McCarthy said.
"He's a great kid, very strong and we think that he's going to be a great open court player."
The other two new Mill Rats are also from Ontario, Sherton Sanderson and Kevin Massiah.
McCarthy said all three draft picks know each other, so he said he hopes that chemistry will translate into success on the basketball court.
All seven teams in the NBL participated in last night's draft, with Oshawa's team choosing American Morgan Lewis as the first overall pick.
Moncton drafted American-born Darrell Wonge, who played for Winston Salem State University, with the team's first-round pick.
The Moncton team selected Kevin Loiselle of Quebec and Akeen Sween of Mississauga with its remaining selections.
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.