Magic Continue to Make Big Off-Season Moves; Acquires #1 Overall Pick in NBL Canada Draft
(Moncton, New Brunswick) In what has proven to be a very busy off-season for the Moncton Magic on the player personnel front, this past weekend at the 2018 NBL Canada Draft in Windsor, Ontario proved to be no different. The Magic acquired the number #1 overall pick in the draft from expansion franchise The Sudbury 5 in a trade which sent Juan Pattillo and the 8thpick in the first round to the "5", with the Magic also receiving future player considerations.
With their first #1 overall pick in franchise history, the Magic selected Toronto native, and former McMaster Marauder Miles Seward. The 6'2" Canadian guard impressed Head Coach and GM of Player Operations Joe Salerno enough over the course of two days to make the move with Sudbury just hours before the draft.
"Miles was impressive from start to finish. He plays with a true competitive edge and competes every possession on both ends of the floor. He plays with a true passion and fire for the game that I thought was unmatched by any other player at this weekend's combine" commented Salerno. "Obviously it was difficult to let go of a talent like Juan, but after limited communication with him over the course of the summer, we didn't feel we would be able to come to terms with him for the upcoming season. Coming to an agreement with Sudbury this trade allowed us to move into a position to get the player we wanted out of this year's draft. In the long run, I feel this was a good move for our organization."
Seward, who completed his collegiate career at McMaster last season was an OUA (Ontario University Athletics) standout, finishing in the top 5 in the conference in scoring at 19.1 points per game and third in the OUA in 3 point field goals made. Before his time with the Marauders, Seward also spent time at Ontario's prestigious secondary school Orangeville Prep, where he went on to set the school's record for most points in a single game with 48.
"He is a legitimate scorer, there is not a doubt about it. He plays with a lot of confidence, something I believe is key when making the jump to the professional ranks" added Salerno.
With the 7thoverall pick in the first round, a pick that was acquired from a trade with the Windsor Express last season, the Magic selected 6'7" Canadian forward Edward Asamoah.
Asamoah, a native of Calgary Alberta played collegiately at University of Bridgeport, a NCAA Division II program located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During his time with the Purple Knights, Asamoah played an integral role in 3 consecutive ECC (East Coast Conference) Conference Championships from 2013-2015, starting for the team both his junior and senior seasons.
"Eddie is a versatile forward, with tremendous athleticism. He was very solid all weekend long. He has a high basketball IQ, and just seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. His length, and athleticism is something we have been targeting this entire off-season. He checked off a lot of boxes when it came to what we were looking at in a player. I think he has a very high ceiling, and I am truly looking forward to working with him this season and watching him develop in the pro style game."
Salerno commented that he was confident the team would be able to come to terms with both Seward, and Asamoah in the coming weeks, and expected to see both Canadian products at the teams training camp which will kick off in late October at Crandall University in Moncton.
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