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Leon Sutton selected first overall in NBL Canada Draft

Leon Sutton (right) drives past a defender an an overseas professional basketball game. He was selected first overall in the 2016 NBL Canada Draft.
Photo Credit: @leonsutton21
The results are in.

The Great Falls University product Leon Sutton has been named the first overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball League of Canada Draft by the Moncton Miracles.

Sutton, who competed in Saturday's draft combine, is coming to the organization after playing seven games last season with the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League. He also recently played professionally in Brazil.

Mitchell Wiggins Jr., the brother of Minnesota Timberwolves starter Andrew Wiggins, was picked second overall by the Cape Breton Highlanders.

"There was a lot of talent in this year's draft," said Magley. "I would be surprised if I don't see a lot of these kids on opening day rosters and contributing to teams."

Magley said no team had to use the entire three minutes on the clock for their selections. Most teams made their choices within 45 seconds.

Magley felt there were more than 20 players who were not drafted that could easily be in the NBLC.

"I hope they stay encouraged," said Magley. "That's the disappointing thing of 150 kids coming out in two days to try out. There was a lot of guys who could have made the league. With us having two different drafts (the open draft and the All-Canadian Draft in September) this year making it go from three rounds to four, it just made it impossible for us to go deeper and deeper after."

Training camps will start Dec. 1.

Full Draft Results

Round 1

1. Moncton Miracles - Leon Sutton, Great Falls University
2. Cape Breton Highlanders - Mitchell Wiggins Jr., Southeastern University
3. Orangeville A's - Four McGlynn, University of Rhode Island
4. Island Storm - Dominique Dawson, Kentucky Wesleyan University
5. Kitchener-Waterloo Titans - Fred Sturdivant, Texas Southern
6. Niagara River Lions - Emerson Murray, University of Seattle
7. Windsor Express - Alex Williams, Lake State University
8. Windsor Express - Mark Gomilla, Stephen F. Austin
9. Halifax Hurricanes - Willie Green, Stetson
10. Halifax Hurricanes - Ta'Quan Zimmerman, NBA D-League

Round 2

1. Moncton Miracles (via trade with Kitchener-Waterloo Titans) - Dominique Reed, University of Mount Olive
2. Windsor Express - Elliott Engleman, Mercyhurst University
3. Orangeville A's - Antwan Pittman, Shenandoah University
4. Island Storm - Antonio Hall, Ohio University
5. Kitchener-Waterloo Titans - Brandon Crompton, King University
6. Niagara River Lions - Joey Puddister, Nipissing University
7. Cape Breton Highlanders - Cameron Ray Smith, Roanoke College
8. Windsor Express - Kenneth Coates, Lake Michigan College
9. London Lightning - Jameel Williamson, St. Francis Xavier University
10. Halifax Hurricanes - Cody Boone, Seton Hall

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