Off-Season Offerings: Former Black Bear Raheem Singleton Drafted to NBL by London Lightning
Markham, Ontario– Former University of Maine men’s basketball player Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass.) will have a chance to play for a national champion this coming season as the 2012 graduate was selected in the first round of the Canadian National Basketball League yesterday, Aug. 19, 2013. The former Black Bears guard was the 10th-overall selection in the draft as Singleton was chosen by defending NBL champion, the London Lightning (London, Ontario).
“We were really emphasizing on trying to a find a guy that has strength, toughness and can play defence and we think we got three guys that probably those are the best attributes in all three guys,” said Lightning general manager Taylor Brown to the London Community News.
Singleton was one of 30 players to be selected in the draft and one of three players headed to the Lightning. The first-overall selection, Alex Johnson, graduated from NC State after the 2011-12 season and was the first native Canadian to be the selected as the top-overall pick.
Singleton finished his Black Bears career averaging 8.19 points per game, 3.54 assists per contest and shooting .404 from the floor in 59 games. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in childhood and family studies.
Be sure to follow Singleton’s progress with the Lightning this season as camp opens on Oct. 7, and should he make the roster London’s first preseason contest is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11, as London travels to Windsor, Ontario to play the Windsor Express.
Also check back to GoBlackBears.com frequently this off-season as we will bring you a series called “Off-Season Offerings,” with player profiles, off-season news and other information covering your Black Bears men’s basketball team.