Montreal's Kevin Loiselle, a former national champion with Dawson, was picked 11th in the inaugural National Basketball League draft in Toronto.

Loiselle, a 6-6 forward, was selected by the new Moncton franchise and he will begin his season in October.

Loiselle averaged 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season for the University of Maine-Fort Kent, which competes in the NAIA.

He said he won't change his approach now that he's a pro.

"I'm just going to come in, work hard, that's about it," he told reporters at the draft, which was held at Toronto's Rogers Centre (formerly the SkyDome).

Loiselle helped the Blues to a CCAA National Championship in 2007 and he was named a CEGEP AAA All-Star the following season.

He then found his way onto the streetball circuit with the No Limitz crew before heading south for school.

Loiselle has now been part of one of the most historic days in Canadian basketball history.

The NBLC will be the first attempt at an All-Canadian pro basketball league in more than 15 years.

The Quebec City Kebs, Halifax Rainmen and Saint John Mill Rats co-founded the new league earlier this year after they broke off from the Premier Basketball League in a dispute over alleged match-fixing.

The NBLC also has teams in Oshawa, London, Charlottetown, PEI and Moncton New Brunswick.

The NBLC held a pre-draft combine on Saturday and Sunday. Players had to be present in the Rogers Centre lounge Sunday evening or else they would not be drafted.

Six of the seven first-round picks were Americans, and all of the second and third-round selections were Canadians.

The Kebs used the 11th pick to select 29-year-old Toronto dunking machine Tristan Martin, formerly of the University of Houston.

The 6-2 jumping jack played last season for the Maryland GreenHawks of the PBL.

He also played for the short-lived Montreal Sasquatch in 2008.

With their 3rd-round pick, the Kebs took Toronto native Sherone Edwards.

The 6-4 guard is a former All-Canadian at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Post date - August 21, 2011


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