Canadian Basketball CEBL - Hamilton Honey Badgers Basketball Season

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

By Tom Wilkinson
Canadian Basketball CEBL Hamilton Honey Badgers

The Hamilton Honey Badgers proved last season that the regular season is almost meaningless in the CEBL as long as you do enough to make the playoffs. The Honey Badgers finished 10-10 and in fourth place a year ago, but they upset the regular season league champion, the Niagara River Lions in the playoff semifinals, winning 104-103.

Hamilton was not able to duplicate that success in the championship game, falling 94-83 to Saskatchewan. The Honey Badgers may have a hard time duplicating that success, as they didn’t do much in the off-season to improve their roster. Let’s look at the Honey Badgers heading into this season and the 2020 Hamilton Honey Badgers schedule.

2020 Hamilton Honey Badgers

The Honey Badgers have done very little heading into this CEBL Canadian Basketball season, with the main returnee being Duane Notice, who played in just three games a year ago. He did average 11.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.7 steals in those three games. Hamilton also signed forward Jean-Victor Mukama who was playing in the National Basketball League of Rwanda where he averaged 10.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

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Another player the Honey Badgers re-signed is Caleb Agada. He played in two games for Hamilton last season and averaged 10 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game. Also returning is MiKyle McIntrosh who was the first pick for the Honey Badgers in the CEBL Entry Draft last year. He averaged 12 points per game in two games played a year ago.

Hamilton is counting heavily on some newcomers to make an impact this season. They took Kadre Gray with their first pick in the 2020 CEBL Draft. Gray was a First Team all-Canadian and Most Valuable Player of Ontario University Athletics the past three seasons. The Honey Badgers also selected Lock Lam of Lakehead University and Eric Rwahwire of the University of Toronto in the second and third rounds of the draft. Gray averaged 23.8 points per game in the OUA to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 6 assists per game. Lam averaged 13.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and led the nation in blocked shots for the OUA. Rwahwire averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 19 games for the Varsity Blues last season.

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New General Manager

The Honey Badgers will have a new GM this season, as Jermaine Anderson takes over. “Jermaine Anderson has been a highly regarded leader among players in the Canada Basketball system for many years, and I’m thrilled to be able to provide him with this opportunity to transition into a management position,” said team president John Lashway to the media, “Jermaine has extensive experience as a professional player internationally and has been shadowing the coaching staff and front office personnel within the Raptors 905 organization after finishing his Master of Business Administration degree in the summer. The CEBL exists in large part to develop players, coaches, referees, and sports administrators. Jermaine is precisely the type of up-and-coming professional who can make our league even better while benefitting from an opportunity to apply both his basketball and business knowledge.”

Anderson played in more than 80 international games for Canada National Team from 2004 to 2018. “I have followed the CEBL since its inception in 2018 and am excited to be a part of developing this high-level professional basketball league across Canada,” said Anderson. “I look forward to playing the key role in building Hamilton’s roster for the coming season and working with team president John Lashway and our team’s coaches and players as we pursue building the CEBL’s preeminent franchise.”

2020 Hamilton Honey Badgers Schedule

CEBL Hamilton Honey Badgers Schedule
May 8: Edmonton Stingers vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
May 14: Ottawa BlackJacks vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
May 16: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Saskatchewan Rattlers
May 20: Fraser Valley Bandits vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
May 23: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Niagara River Lions
May 30: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Ottawa BlackJacks
June 3: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Niagara River Lions
June 6: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Fraser Valley
June 12: Niagara River Lions vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
June 14: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Guelph Nighthawks
June 25: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Guelph Nighthawks
June 27: Guelph Nighthawks vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
July 4: Niagara River Lions vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
July 9: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Ottawa BlackJacks
July 12: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Edmonton Stingers
July 17: Guelph Nighthawks vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
July 25: Saskatchewan Rattlers vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
July 30: Niagara River Lions vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
Aug. 1: Ottawa BlackJacks vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
Aug. 5: Hamilton Honey Badgers vs. Saskatchewan Rattlers

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