Today (Sept. 26), the National Basketball League of Canada's (NBL) London Lightning announced its first five roster players for the upcoming 2011-12 campaign.
The list features a former Harlem Globetrotter, Brandon Dean.
Dean, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound guard from Monroe, Louisiana is the first official London Lightning player ever. His experience includes collegiate ball at the University of Arkansas, time with the Globetrotters and seasons in both the Premier Basketball League (PBL) and American Basketball Association.
DeAnthony Bowden, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound point guard from Hammond, Indiana will also suit up for the Lightning. His experience includes collegiate ball at Creighton University as well as seasons in both the Continental Basketball Association and PBL.
Eddie Smith, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound guard from Springfield, Illinois is the third player to sign with the Forest City NBL franchise. His experience includes collegiate ball at Texas A & M and time in the PBL.
Gabe Freeman, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound forward from southern Utah, is the fourth of five players announced by London. His experience includes collegiate ball at Costa Mesa Junior College and time in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Tyrone Levett, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward from Notasulga, Alabama is the final player on the Lightning's initial roster. His experience includes collegiate ball at Alabama State University as well as time playing professional basketball in Portugal, Sweden and Japan.
The NBL kicks off its regular season Oct. 29 as the Quebec Kebs host the Moncton Miracles at the University of Laval.
On Nov. 3, the Lightning play host to the Halifax Rainmen at the John Labatt Centre to open up its inaugural 36-game season.