Thursday, January 12, 2012

Braxton Dupree Now Playing in Canada

Braxton Dupree (2007-09, then transferred to Towson) is now playing in Ontario, Canada for the London Lightning. The Canadian National Basketball League (NBL) is in its founding season, taking three former Premier Basketball League (PBL) teams which were in Canada and adding four new expansion teams to go with them.

So far in three games (all wins), Dupree is averaging 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds (2.7 offensive, 1.0 defensive). The team is 16-4 and in first place in the 7 team league. The team's press release has this to say about Dupree's signing:
The first place London Lightning are pleased to announce the addition of Braxton Dupree to their NBL Canada roster, effective immediately. Dupree is a 6'8" forward from Towson University, who adds a dimension of rebounding and defense to the Lightning.

Lightning General Manager, Taylor Brown, had this to say about the acquisition. “We were lucky to get Braxton as he was coveted by many other teams after coming from Israel. Hopefully he fits in with our team this late in the season.”

As mentioned, Dupree played Division I NCAA basketball during his collegiate career. Most recently, he was playing in Israel first for Maccabi Ashdod and then was loaned to Ironi Nes-Ziona.

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