(TORONTO, ON) – The National Basketball League of Canada has announced the 2018-19 protected players list for each franchise. NBL Canada’s protected list allows teams to retain the rights of players who’ve participated in the 2017-18 season. Rights to those players remains throughout the up-coming season.
After August 15, a competing team may make an offer for a protected player if they remained unsigned. The team which holds the rights to the player has 48 hours to either match or surpass the offer or decline to provide a competing offer.
Player’s rights are held until the final day of the NBLC’s regular season.
- Maurice Jones – Averaged 16.9 ppg for Windsor in the regular season, cranked it up to a blistering 28.7 ppg in the playoffs. Scored 232 assists. Set team records for points in a game (50) and field goals (18). NBL Canada All-League (third team). NBL Canada All-Defence. NBL Canada All-Playoff. Holds team record for career steals, regular season (174). Led the league in 2017-18 in steals.
- Logan Stutz – Leading scorer on Express (726 points, 18.1 ppg), also finished with 8.2 rpg. Two-time NBL Canada Player of the Week (Jan 28 2018, Mar 25, 2018). Fourth among all Express players in scoring average, career (17.9).
- Shaquille Keith – Scored 15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg in regular season, 20.3 ppg in the postseason. NBL All-Canada (second team). NBL Canada Player of the Week (Feb 25 2018).
- Chad Frazier – Scored 15.8 ppg in 32 contests, 28 starts. NBL Canada Player of the Week Feb 11, 2018.
- Damontre Harris – Scored 10.4 ppg in 30 games (all starts) for Windsor.
- Anthony Ottley Jr. – Solid play in limited minutes, averaging 4.5 ppg in 13.1 minutes in 39 games (all but two off the bench). Third season in the league, but only played three total games in previous two seasons.
- Braylon Rayson – 14.1 ppg in 34 games, moving from bench player to starter. NBL Canada All-Rookie team.
CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDERS
- Bruce Massey Jr. – Led Cape Breton in points (692) and scoring average (21.6), NBL All-League second Team, franchise record holder in single game points (45), steals (7).
- Shane Osayande – Led Cape Breton in blocks (42), third in franchise history in rebounds (223)
- Jamal Reynolds – Named to NBL Canada All-Rookie team; second overall in franchise games played (37)
- Malik Story – Set team records for single-game 3-pointers (9), led team last year with 61 3-pointers (.328 3-point average)
- Antonio Biglow – Team leader in assists (149).
- Antoine Mason – Led Hurricanes last year in points (718), points per game (19.4), points in the playoffs (358) and scoring average in the playoffs (22.4). Second overall in Hurricanes career points (1305), team overall record in scoring percentage (17.4).
- Ta’Quan Zimmerman – NBL Canada Sixth Man of the Year. 12.6 points per game off the bench. All-time Hurricanes leader in 3-pointers (192). Second overall in Hurricanes career assists (255). Drafted in the first round (10th overall) in the NBL Canada 2016-17 Entry Draft.
- CJ Washington – NBL Canada Player of the Week (Dec 10 2017). 14.4 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game.
- Billy White – NBL Canada All-League (1st Team). NBL Canada All-Playoff Team. Two-time NBL Canada Player of the Week (Feb 4 2018, Feb 18 2018). Set team single-game records in 2018 with 19 rebounds in a game; also 13 defensive rebounds; 5 blocked shots, 47:00 minutes played (twice).
- Rhamel Brown – 7.3 rebounds per game off the bench; led team in blocked shots (62) in regular season; swatted away 38 in postseason. NBL Canada All-Defence team.
- Mike Poole – 12.0 ppg, played 56 games (40 regular, 16 postseason) despite starting only three contests. NBL Canada Player of the Week Feb 25 2018.
- Theon Reefer – Solid force off the bench, 68% free throw percentage.
- Franklin Session – Named NBL Canada 2017-18 Newcomer of the year, NBL Canada All-League (second team). Led team in points (779) and average (20.0 ppg) in regular season; Finished 1st in NBLC in minutes played and 2nd in rebounds. Recorded a triple double March 18, 2018, 23 pts, 14 rebs, 11 asts.
- Carl Hall – Averaged 18.3 ppg (regular season) and 18.3 ppg (playoffs).
- Kemy Osse – NBL Canada All-Rookie team; only Storm player to play all 40 regular season games. NBL Canada All-Playoff team.
- Tyler Scott– NBL Canada All-Canadian (third team), strong sixth man performer.
- Chris Johnson – NBL Canada All-Canadian (second team), team record for single game field goals attempted (28), averaged 17.7 ppg regular season, up to 21.3 ppg in the playoffs.
- Chris Anderson – Averaged 10.3 ppg regular season, up to 12.8 ppg postseason; 74% free throw shooting (26 for 35).
- Brad States – Only returning player from previous season; averaged 19.2 minutes per game, scoring 194 points off the bench. Drafted in the second round (14th overall) in the NBL Canada 2016-17 Canadian entry draft.
- Derek Hall – Leading scorer (714 pts), set single-game team records for FG made (16), rebounds (21), tied team record for steals (5); NBL Canada All-League (third team), Player of the Week Feb 4 2018.
- Justin Hurtt – Mid-season acquisition that finished third in team points (386), team leader in career point average (19.3, min 20 games played).
- Anthony Myles – Team record for single game points (41), record for FG attempted (27), avg 20.6 mins per game.
- Greg Morrow – Franchise leader in games played (79), averaged 8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 14 blocks. Drafted first overall in NBL Canada 2016-17 Canadian Entry Draft.
- Darren Duncan – 7.9 ppg in 31 games for Titans; 1,933 points in six NBL Canada seasons.
- Ed Horton – 15.5 ppg, 89 assists, fifth overall in team career assists (134).
- Ahmad Starks – 13.8 ppg, 81 assists, 71% free throw shooting; set team records for single game 3pts attempted (15), and minutes played (47:00).
- Joel Friesen-Latty – Averaged 8.6 ppg, 21 steals, 70% free throw accuracy. Became first NBL Canada player to play for three consecutive postseason champions. NBL Canada All-Canadian team (third team).
- Marcus Capers – Scored 331 points, averaged 26.6 minutes per game.
- Doug Herring Jr. – 15.0 ppg in 30 regular season games, with a 14.2 ppg average in 17 playoff games. NBL Canada All-League (third team). NBL Canada All-Playoff Team. Set regular season team record for single game assists with 21.
- Maurice Bolden – Averaged 12.8 ppg and 7.4 rebounds per game in the regular season, picked up to 14.6 ppg and 8.8 rpg in the playoffs. NBL Canada All-Playoff Team. NBL Canada Player of the Week, Jan 7 2018.
- Garrett Williamson – First Canadian player to score 2,000 regular season points; currently the NBL’s highest-scoring career Canadian player. Finished the year with 18.9 ppg, 152 assists, 80% free throw accuracy. NBL Canada Playoff Most Valuable Player. NBL Canada All-League (first team). NBL Canada All-Defence team. NBL Canada All-Playoff Team. NBL Canada All-Canadian team (first team).
- Kyle Johnson – 16.3 ppg, sparkplug for the Lightning off the bench. NBL Canada All-Canadian team (second team).
- Julian Boyd – Averaged 9.8 points and 4.27 rebounds per game in limited games with London; increased to 14.1 ppg and 7.65 rpg in 17 postseason games.
- Corey Allmond – Led team with 132 3-pointers, two-time NBL Canada Player of the Week (Jan 28, 2018; Mar 11, 2018); team record for most 3-pointers in a game (11, two shy of NBL league record) and attempts (20).
- Jason Calliste – 10.2 ppg in 24 games as midseason acquisition.
- Terry Thomas – Team leading scorer (792 pts, 20.3 ppg); two-time NBL Canada Player of the Week (Dec 17, 2017; Feb 11, 2018); NBL Canada All-League (first Team), NBL Canada All-Canadian (first team); NBL Canada All-Playoff Team.
- Juan Pattillo – Bloomed into 19.8 ppg in 10 playoff games, set record with 48 FG’s in five-game playoff series; team playoff record with 198 points in playoffs; NBL Canada All-Playoff Team.
- Denzell Taylor – 231 rebounds (5.9 rpg) in regular season; also 23 blocked shots.
- Al Stewart – In 7th NBL Canada season, 202 assists, 65 steals, 2nd player with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 1,000 assists in NBL Canada career. Triple-double on Jan 10 2018, 23 pts, 10 rebs, 11 asst.
- Marvell Waithe – Began season with Niagara River Lions, averaged 17.7 ppg in 23 starts; was traded to Moncton, garnered 11.7 ppg in 7 matches. NBL Canada All-Canadian (third team).
SAINT JOHN RIPTIDE
- Malcolm Miller – Led Riptide in scoring (732 pts) and scoring average (18.3). Played and started all 40 games and all five playoff contests. NBL Canada All-League (third team). NBL Canada All-Playoff. Two-time NBL Canada Player of the Week (Jan 7 2018, April 2 2018).
- Horace Wormely – Led Riptide with 255 assists. Scored 13 assists in a game four times, including twice last season (team record for assists in a game), then added 15 assists in a playoff game this season (also team record). Scored triple double on Dec 17 2017, 13 pts, 11 rebs, 13 ast.
- Jeremiah Mordi – Averaged 12.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg in regular season. NBL Canada All-Rookie team. Played 52 minutes (team record) in a double overtime game against Halifax on Jan 18 2018.
- Mareik Isom – 12.4 points per game, third highest scorer on Riptide. Fifth overall in career free throws (80).
- Aly Ahmed – Began season with Cape Breton, 107 rebounds (4.9 rpg) in 22 games; was later signed by Riptide, improved to 6.3 rpg in regular season. In playoffs, averaged 16.2 ppg and 9.8 rpg. First NBL Canada player of Egyptian heritage to star in the league.
- Kenneth Otieno – Solid bench player, proficient in limited minutes.
- Gabe Freeman – Former NBL Canada MVP (2011-12 season). Two-time NBL Canada Player of the Week (Nov 26, 2017; Jan 14, 2018). Triple-double on Feb 4, 2018, 30 pts, 11 rebs, 11 ast.
ST JOHN’S EDGE
- Charles Hinkle – Scored 817 points in debut season (39) games, another 206 in the postseason (9 games). started every contest. NBL Canada All-League (second team). NBL Canada All-Playoff Team. Two-time NBL Canada Player of the Week (Dec 3, 2017; Dec. 17, 2017). Scored 53 points on Dec 15 2017 against Windsor. Franchise leader in points scored, field goals, free throws, 3-pointers, rebounds, blocked shots and steals.
- Alex Johnson – Team leader in assists (225), started 39 of 40 games for Edge. Holds team record for most assists in a game (8) and steals (4, twice), as well as minutes played in a game (47). NBL Canada All-Canadian (second team). Drafted first overall in the NBL Canada 2013-14 Entry Draft.
- Grandy Glaze – Team record for single-game rebounds (20) and rebounds on defence (15). During season, also played for Canada’s National team in FIBA competition. Averaged 6.9 rpg. NBL All-Canada (Third Team). Drafted in the second round (15th overall) in the NBL Canada 2016-17 Canadian Entry Draft.
Desmond Lee – Finished season with 9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 71% free throw accuracy. Improved statistics in the playoffs, scoring 14.2 ppg and pulling down 9.9 rpg.
- Ryan Reid – Late-season acquisition starred with 13.2 ppg in 13 contests, upped to 15.6 rpg in postseason.
- Jarryn Skeete – Valuable bench player with 4.3 ppg in limited minutes (13.1 per game).
- Caron Williams – Valuable sixth man for the Edge, coming off the bench to average 13.5 ppg in 18 regular season games; 15.0 ppg in 9 postseason matches.