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Gatineau NBA draft pick Olivier Hanlan signs with Ottawa Blackjacks

Gatineau, Que., guard Olivier Hanlan, a 2015 draft pick of the NBA's Utah Jazz, has signed with the Ottawa Blackjacks a little more than a week before the team's first game ever.

Team makes its CEBL debut next week

Memphis Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter (3) goes to the basket as the San Antonio Spurs' Olivier Hanlan, rear, defends during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 5, 2018. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

Gatineau, Que., guard Olivier Hanlan, a 2015 draft pick of the NBA's Utah Jazz, has signed with the Ottawa Blackjacks a little more than a week before the new team's first game.

The 27-year-old played three seasons with Boston College, then spent time in the NBA G-League and in Europe, most recently with Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece. He's also played for Canada's national team.

"Playing for the Blackjacks this summer is a unique opportunity to play with a bunch of guys who I have either competed with or against in Canada," Hanlan said in a news release.

"Being able to train at home and represent my community in a Canadian professional league will be a memorable experience."

The Blackjacks, led by former Carleton Ravens Dave Smart and Osvaldo Jeanty, are an expansion team in the seven-team Canadian Elite Basketball League.

They'll play their first-ever game Saturday, July 25, at 3:50 p.m. against the Guelph Nighthawks as part of a CEBL tournament in St. Catharines, Ont. It will be nationally televised and streamed on CBC.

The tournament replaces the league's previously planned regular season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Blackjacks say Hanlan replaces former Ravens star Kaza Kajami-Keane at training camp because Kajami-Keane had a scheduling conflict with his pro team in France.

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