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Honey Badgers Re-Sign Toronto Guard Duane Notice

February 12, 2021 - Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) - Hamilton Honey Badgers News Release

The Hamilton Honey Badgers announced Friday that they have re-signed Toronto guard Duane Notice for the 2021 season. This will be Notice's third season with the Honey Badgers and will mark his return to the court after suffering a season ending torn Achilles tendon during the team's third game of last year's CEBL Summer Series.

"Duane has worked tirelessly to regain his form and put himself in a position to compete this summer," said team General Manager Jermaine Anderson. "We're extremely excited to have him back as our captain as he embodies everything that we stand for as an organization".

"Duane is the captain and backbone of our team, so re-signing him was a top priority for Jermaine and me," said Head Coach Ryan Schmidt, who coached Notice for two seasons as an assistant with Raptors 905 before the duo teamed up for the CEBL Summer Series. "Unfortunately during the Summer Series he went down with the Achilles injury but his leadership continued throughout the remainder of the tournament and that speaks to exactly who he is as a person and leader. Duane attacks adversity and that was another example of his perseverance. His rehab is going great and we're excited to have him back and leading us in the 2021 season."

Notice was making a strong case to become one of the top players during the CEBL Summer Series, averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 28 minutes in three games before his injury. The 26-year-old spent two seasons with the Raptors G League affiliate and played in the NCAA Final Four while with the University of South Carolina.

Notice is the first signing by the Honey Badgers since the CEBL's free agency window opened February 1. Teams have through March 1 to re-sign players from their 2020 roster or to sign free agents who did not play in the league a year ago. Starting March 2 restrictions are lifted, and players can either re-sign with their 2020 team or with another club.

Hamilton is coming off a 4-4 record and third place finish in last July's CEBL Summer Series, which marked the first professional sports league in Canada to return to play after Covid-19 halted sports in Canada. More than 1.2 million viewers across Canada watched games live on CBC, and games were carried to more than 130 million viewers around the world.

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