(UGF media release)
MONO, Ontario – One year after signing with Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, former Argo basketball player Leon Sutton was selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NBL Canada Draft by the Moncton Miracles.
Sutton was one of 140 players to attend the NBLC’s Pre-Draft Combine, the attendees of which make up the pool of potential draftees. Of the 120 players to at the combine, only 20 were selected by teams in the National Basketball League of Canada.
A little over a year ago Sutton impressed at another combine, and open tryout for the NBA Developmental League in September 2015. His performance there earned him a place on the Stampede’s roster. He played 7 games in the D-League before returning to Brazil where he has played in 2014-15.
Sutton played just one season for UGF, but left an impact. He averaged 9.3 ppg and finished second on the team in assists while helping the Argos to a 21-10 (8-8) record, a program best since the restart of UGF athletics.
Despite only being an Argo for one season, the Las Vegas, Nevada native has remained close with UGF program over the years. He returns to campus often and spent the months before reporting to the Stampede’s training camp shooting in the McLaughlin Center.
“I didn’t think playing professionally would be possible for me until I came to UGF. I was able to be myself on the court here,” Sutton said. “My coming back here has to do with the people. The people here at UGF are amazing.”
The player drafted second overall behind Sutton was Mitchell Wiggins Jr., the brother of Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward and 2014 NBA Draft Number 1 Overall pick Andrew Wiggins.
NBL Canada is in its sixth season and is Canada’s only professional basketball league. The Moncton Miracles finished third in the Atlantic division standings in 2015-16 with an overall record of 15-25.
The NBLC season starts on Monday, December 26.