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History was made at the NBL (National Basketball Canada) Draft this week when Alex Johnson became the first Canadian to ever be drafted with the first pick in the NBL draft.
“I know Ottawa’s a great city and the fans are very supportive,” Johnson told NBL Canada’s website. “I’m trying to bring leadership and be a people person and hopefully be one of the fan favorites. Whatever the team needs from me then that’s what I’ll bring.”
Johnson came to Raleigh as a graduate student after spending four seasons at CSU-Bakersfield. He played three seasons there and one redshirt year, averaging 9.3 points per game in 83 career contests. He finished second all-time on the school’s made 3-pointers list (165) and shot .365 from beyond the arc.
In his one season with the Wolfpack, he averaged 4.4 points and played in all 37 games as NC State went 24-13 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. He went on to earn his Master’s degree in family life and youth development from NCSU.
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1. Ottawa SkyHawks – Alex Johnson (CAN)
2. Brampton A’s – Brent Jennings
3. Halifax Rainmen – Raven Barber
4. Mississauga Power – Bol Kong (CAN)
5. Halifax Rainmen – Gerald Devaughan
6. Moncton Miracles – Jermel Kennedy (CAN)
7. Saint John Mill Rats – Michael Luby (CAN)
8. Windsor Express – Danarryl Rice
9. The Island Storm – Shawn Vanzant
10. London Lightning – Raheem Singleton