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NBL Canada Pre-Draft Combine Going 'High-Tech'

July 24, 2013 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada)

TORONTO, ON - The National Basketball League of Canada Pre-Draft Combine on August 18-19th at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, ON is going 'high-tech'.

This year's combine's will be live-streamed via the internet and Sportslive24.net. Players will also wear a special technology that will allow them to be 'tagged' while in live games, and online profile of their clips will be made available to them, their agents, and fans. This profile will incorporate video, photos, bios, stats and combine game footage.

"Sportslive24.net's web streaming and clipping technology is a feature that the NBL Canada is looking at implementing for our upcoming season, and so we are excited to see it in action at the combine as well as allow our fans to watch the proceedings each day," explained NBL Canada President Andre Levingston.

The 94Fifty® Bluetooth Sensor Basketball was unveiled in March 2013 and is the first product of its kind to measure and diagnose the quality of key skills critical to build confidence, versatility, and success in the game. The ball utilizes multiple motions sensors embedded inside the ball to measure the player who uses it in real time. It sends immediate shooting and ball-handling feedback to a mobile smartphone via Bluetooth, and will give players of any skill level access to some of the most sophisticated training feedback to improve important muscle memory skills more efficiently and effectively on a daily basis. The product includes a free, downloadable app that allows the player to train specific skills, work through levels of increasingly difficult workouts, compete head to head with any player based on their skills, and compete with anyone in the world via Twitter.

The 94Fifty system will be integrated into the Pre-Draft Combine testing of players this year in areas of ball-handling, agility, and shooting form. This technology will allow coaches, general managers, and even fans see 94Fifty player ratings in each skillset.

The sensors in the ball will allow the teams to quantify the skills that determine the versatility of a player. For example, it can measure and rank the ball-handling proficiency of every player by assessing right hand vs. left hand proficiency, the ability to dribble consistently with force, and the confidence to perform fast, powerful transfers between each hand. The ball will also allow scouts to determine how quickly a player shoots, the arc of their shot, and the mechanical differences of a shooter when asked to shoot from range. All of these measurements can be used to assess whether a player can perform at game speed at a high level.

"We are excited to be a sponsor of the NBL Canada and to participate in their Pre-Draft Combine and Draft this August. The information we provide will become an invaluable part of player evaluation and training for the NBL Canada, and it will provide unique and interesting data for NBLC fans at the Draft and beyond," said Michael Crowley, CEO and Founder of InfoMotion Sports, the developer and marketer of the 94Fifty Bluetooth Sensor Basketball.

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The 2013 NBL Canada Pre-Draft Combine will be on August 17-18th at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, ON. The Draft will be held at the Hilton Suites Conference Centre and Spa in Markham, Ontario on August 19th.

The NBL Canada Draft will kick off at 7:00PM on the 19th and will be open to the public to attend. Fifty top prospects will be selected from the league's two day combine on Saturday and Sunday at the ACTS Athlete Institute in Orangeville, ON.

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