It is they who truly put the Canada in NBLC.
We're talking, of course, about NBL Canada's Canadian players, who continue to make their mark in the country's only national basketball league.
NBLC is proud to announce its All-Canada Team for the 2016-17 season, which features some new faces and some familiar ones in new places. The First Team includes five players from five cities, a reflection of not only the depth of Canadian talent but a league-wide commitment to homegrown heroes.
Jason Calliste (Scarborough, ON)
22 GP, 12.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 apg
Despite not joining the Titans until February, Calliste ranked third on KW with 54 three-pointers made. The Oregon alum had three or more treys in half of his appearances, and had just three games without at least one. He also ranked ninth in NBLC with an .806 free-throw percentage.
Kyle Johnson (Scarborough, ON)
33 gp, 14.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 apg
Johnson was a big part of London's league-leading offence, ranking third on the team with 466 points during the season. His efforts included a 51-point outburst, tied for most this season in NBLC, against Moncton on Feb. 4 when he shot 17/22 from the field including 6/8 three-pointers.
Joel Friesen (Abbottsford, BC)
36 gp, 11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 apg
This is the second consecutive All-Canada selection for the University of Alberta alumni, who ranked second in NBLC with a .431 three-point percentage. For the season, he hit 75 shots from downtown, including five games making five. Friesen also averaged 1.25 steals per game.
Terry Thomas (Dartmouth, NS)
32 gp, 18.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.0 apg
Thomas ranked second on the Storm in scoring and led the team with 217 rebounds. He was second in the league with 2.09 steals per game, and recorded three or more steals on 12 occasions. Thomas is making his second consecutive All-Canada Team appearance.
Warren Ward (London, ON)
40 gp, 14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg
Ward suited up in every game for the Express, and was among the league leaders in minutes played with 1,234. His 107 three-pointers made were tied for third in the NBLC regular season. Ward scored an Express season-high 33 points against Orangeville on March 22.
Junior Cadougan (Toronto, ON)
33 gp, 8.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.5 apg
The Canadian National Team veteran went 80/98 from the charity stripe during the season to rank fourth in the league with an .816 free-throw percentage. Cadougan recorded a 2.64 assist-to-turnover ratio, ninth best in NBLC, and had three games of at least five dimes and zero turnovers.
Olumuyiwa Famutimi (Toronto, ON)
Saint John Riptide
36 gp, 10.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg
On a team that was short-staffed for a portion of the season, Famutimi provided a stabilizing presence. His 34 starts tied for the Riptide lead and he ranked second on Saint John with 1,132 minutes. This is Famutimi's second NBLC All-Canada honour and first since 2013-14.
Alex Johnson (Toronto, ON)
30 gp, 9.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.7 apg
The NBLC vet known as “Superman” ranked 8th among all players in both assists (200) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.70) for the 2016-17 campaign. He had five double-doubles, including two games with 20-plus points and 10-plus dimes. He is now a three-time NBLC All-Canada Team member.
Shaquille Kieth (Toronto, ON)
Windsor Express/Cape Breton Highlanders
38 gp, 12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg
Keith started 2016-17 in Cape Breton, where he averaged 15.3 points and had 22 steals in 20 games before being dealt to Windsor. He played 18 regular season games for the Express, averaging 9.7 points. He was also named to the NBLC All-Canada Team last season.
Tyrone Watson (Hamilton, ON)
32 gp, 12.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.2 apg
En route to earning the second NBLC All-Canada selection of his career, Watson started every game he played for Halifax this season, averaging 30.4 minutes. He ranked sixth overall with a .559 field goal percentage. Watson was Atlantic Division Player of the Week for Feb. 26.
Richard Amardi (Toronto, Ont.)
Niagara River Lions
31 gp, 12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg
The Oregon alum came up huge during Niagara's late-season surge that fell just short of a playoff berth, averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in April, including 24 points and 19.5 boards over the final four games. He was second on the team with 196 total rebounds.
Joey Haywood (Vancouver, B.C.)
32 gp, 8.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg
Haywood was a reliable reserve for the Atlantic champs, averaging 7.9 points and scoring in double-figures 13 times over 31 appearances off the bench this season. Haywood shot .820 from the charity stripe, best among all Hurricanes players with at least 50 free-throws made.
Stefan Nastic (Thornhill, ON)
24 gp, 17.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 apg
The Stanford product had nine double-doubles was one of just four players to average at least 17 points and eight rebounds in the NBLC this season. He ranked 11th in NBLC with a .550 field-goal percentage. Nastic won Central Division Player of the Week on March 5.
Jameson Tipping (Orangeville, Ont.)
36 gp, 10.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg
Tipping ranked first on the A's and 12th in the NBLC with 77 three-pointers made. He hit four or more triples five times in April, and won the season's final Central Division Player of the Week after draining four threes in the fourth quarter of Orangeville's playoff-clinching win.
Garrett Williamson (Lower Merion, Pennsylvania)
27 gp, 13.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg
Williamson was the Central Division champion Lightning's lone selection to the All-Defensive team this season, during which he averaged 1.3 steals. He placed second on London in both free-throws made (111) and offensive rebounds per game (1.92).