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NBL Canada Announces 2016-2017 All Rookie Team

Released: June 02, 2017
By: NBL Canada Media

There were several first-year players made a significant impact across NBL Canada this season, not only putting up impressive stats but also making pivotal contributions to some of the league's top teams. NBLC is excited to unveil its 2016-2017 All-Rookie Team, which features the league-leader in two major categories, and a pair of players from the defending champs.


Jason Calliste

Guard/KW Titans

22 GP, 12.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 apg

After joining the Titans in February, the Scarborough native emerged as a prolific perimeter scorer. Calliste's 54 threes accounted for 2/3rds of his field-goal makes, and he had at least three treys in 11 of his 22 appearances. He also ranked ninth in NBLC with a .806 free-throw percentage.


Wally Ellenson

Guard/Windsor Express

39 GP, 11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 ppg

The high-jumper mixed showtime – electrifying fans with his leaping ability – and steadiness – missing just one game while logging the third-most minutes (1,074) on Windsor. Ellenson ranked among NBLC's top three-point shooters, hitting 86 of 222 attempts for a .387 percentage.


Maurice Jones

Guard/Windsor Express

40 gp, 9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 8.0 apg

Jones led Windsor with 1,246 minutes plated, and while almost always the shortest player on the court, the five-foot-seven dynamo often had the most impact. He was tops in the league in both steals (83) and dimes (320), while ranking second with a 4.16 assist-to-turnover ratio.


Mike Poole

Forward/Halifax Hurricanes

39 gp, 12.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 apg

Poole had one of Halifax's top individual performances of the season, against Moncton on Jan. 19, when he scored a personal-best 29 points and tied for most in the league this season with seven steals. His 52 total steals ranked first on the Hurricanes and 12th in NBLC.


Ta'Quan Zimmerman

Forward/Halifax Hurricanes

40 gp, 10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg

One of just two players to see action in every regular season game for the Hurricanes, Zimmerman was led Halifax with 78 three-pointers made and ranked seventh in the NBLC with a 2.83 assist-to-turnover ratio. He was named Atlantic Division Player of the Week for Jan. 27.



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