Saint John Riptide announce the signing of three Canadians for the 2016-2017 NBL Canada season.
Jahmal McQueen is a 6’7” forward and an Oakville, ON native. After starring with the Windsor Lancers, Jahmal was originally selected 5th by Saint John in the first round of 2014-2015 NBL Canada draft. He was traded to Windsor Express that same season. He spent two seasons with Windsor and was a member of the NBL Canada 2014-2015 Championship team.
“McQueen is a hard working small forward and can play the stretch 4 with his nice touch beyond the three,” states Coach and General Manager Rob Spon. “Everyone I talk to about Jahmal, including his coach last year Bill Jones, say the same thing, he is hardworking, plays tough defense and is relentless.
“Jahmal has been working really hard on his all-around offensive game, on shooting off the dribble, shooting off screens and post up moves” added Spon. “I am so happy to get such a hard working small”.
Tyrel Edwards, 6’5” forward from Hamilton, Ontario played junior college at Vinceness University and became a top 100 junior college All- American. After playing two years of junior college Tyrel moved to division one Canicus University out of Buffalo, New York. Typically the most athletic person on the floor you can always count on a few high flying acrobatic dunks. In the last 8 years Tyrel has won a dozen dunk competitions, from combines and charities to AAU and NCAA, including the NBBL Al-star dunk competition 2015-16.
“Tyrel is raw and athletic and I am anxious to see him at camp in person and teach him the pro game,” Spon said. “Everybody talks how he jumps out of the gym, wins dunk contests, but I want to see him play the all-around game or have the potential to shoot off the dribble, shoot off screens, knock down the open 3 and defend the pick n roll, because then we found a diamond in the rough.”
Previously announced, Darlington Osazuwa a 6’8” small forward from Toronto, played with Tiffin University in Ohio. He averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Shooting 52.2 % from the floor, 30% outside the 3 point line and 64% from the foul line.