NBL Canada Announces MVP and All-NBL Team

London Lightning forward Gabe Freeman was named the inaugural NBL Canada MVP

Wednesday the National Basketball League of Canada announced the MVP and All-Stars for its inaugural season. Taking home the top honour as NBL MVP was London Lightning’s Gabe Freeman, while three Halifax Rainmen earned honours.

“It feels great to be named MVP. I feel like I put in a lot of hard work this season and it paid off,” said Freeman. “I’m surrounded by a great coach, great players and teammates. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I reached my goal but now I want to win a championship.”

Freeman, a 6’7″, 215-pound small forward from Costa Mesa Jr. College, was named NBL Canada Player of the Week three times and led the League in rebounds with 425 total rebounds and 12.5 rpg. Freeman was also the League’s third leading scorer with 17.9ppg on the season.

“I think it was well deserved. He has been an unstoppable threat on the court this season and goes into every game and practice ready to contribute and work hard. He earned and deserves it,” said London Lightning Head Coach Micheal Ray Richardson.

“We’re pleased with the success of the League’s inaugural season on and off the court,” said John Kennedy, NBL Canada Commissioner. “These awards are an opportunity to celebrate League executives and players, like Mr. Freeman, who have stepped up to the plate to make the 2011-12 season one that we can all be proud of.”

Freeman was also selected for the First Team All-NBL and First Team All-Defence.

First Team All-NBL Canada:

Anthony Anderson, G, Saint John Mill Rats
Gabe Freeman, F, London Lightning
Ralphy Holmes, G, Quebec Kebs
Mike Williams, F, Summerside Storm
Lawrence Wright, F, Halifax Rainmen

Second Team All-NBL Canada:

Tim Ellis, F, London Lightning
Omari Johnson, F, Oshawa Power
Trayvon Lathan, G, Moncton Miracles
Tyrone Levett, F, Halifax Rainmen
Brandon Robinson, G, Oshawa Power

First Team All-Defence:

Al Stewart, G, Summerside Storm
Gabe Freeman, F, London Lightning
James ‘Boo’ Jackson, F, Quebec Kebs
Tyrone Levett, F, Halifax Rainmen
Mike Williams, F, Summerside Storm

Second Team All-Defence:

Boubacar Coly, F, Moncton Miracles
DeAnthony Bowden, G, London Lightning
Joey Haywood, G, Halifax Rainmen
Ralphy Holmes, G, Quebec Kebs
Sylvania Watkins, F, Moncton Miracles

A number of awards are still be handed out including Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, playoff honours, and executive and franchise awards. All NBL Canada awards will be handed out at the All-Star Breakfast on April 1 in Halifax.

London is currently awaiting to face the winner of the Halifax Rainmen and Quebec Kebs semi-final in the league finals. Halifax has a 1-0 lead in the best of five series, and will host game 2 Thursday evening.

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