Lightning participate in first NBL draft
London Community News
At the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) draft in Toronto yesterday (Aug. 21), the London Lightning drafted its first three players - two of which call Canada home.
With the third selection out of the historic seven-pick Round 1, London chose Notasulga, Alabama's Tyrone Levett. Mississauga's Isaac Kuon was taken 10th overall in the second round while the Lightning chose Winnipeg, Man.'s Nick Lother 17th overall in the third and final round.
Out of a total of 21 players drafted Sunday, 14 list Canada as their "country of residence." Four — Kuon, Lother, Sherone Williams and Brian Labranche — played for a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) team.
Levett, 31, played his college ball at Alabama State University from 1998-2002. Over four seasons and 118 games, he averaged 13.1 points and 8.0 rebounds. Levett is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward.
Kuon, 23, played his college ball at University of Windsor from 2007-2011. In the 2010-11 season, in which he was awarded All-Canadian honours, Kuon recorded 21.6 points and a 45.7 three-point percentage over 19 games. He is a 6-foot-4, 186-pound forward.
Lother, 23, played his college ball at University of Winnipeg from 2007-2011. In 2010-11, he averaged 20.2 points and a .801 free-throw percentage. Lother is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound guard.