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Saskatchewan Rattlers Sign Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Devonte Bandoo

March 30, 2021 - Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) - Saskatchewan Rattlers News Release


SASKATOON, SK - The Saskatchewan Rattlers, member club of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), are excited to announce the signing of Canadian guard, Devontè Bandoo, ahead of the 2021 CEBL season. The combo guard will make his professional debut for the Rattlers when they kick off their season on June 7 against the Edmonton Stingers.

Bandoo joins the Rattlers after a stellar collegiate career that culminated with him playing his final two years of eligibility at Baylor University. In his senior year with the Bears, Bandoo was named the Big 12 Conference Sixth Man of the Year due to his impressive play coming off the bench. During the 2019-20 season, Bandoo helped the Bears achieve a school-record 23-game winning streak which earned Baylor a No. 1 ranking for five-straight weeks. In his final year with the Bears, Bandoo shot a team-leading 38.5 percent from three-point range and averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds during a shortened season. Over the course of his two years with Baylor University, the Mississauga, ON-native averaged 8.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Prior to transferring to Baylor, Bandoo played two years for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. The 6-foot-3 guard helped Hutchinson Community College claim the 2017 NJCAA Division 1 national championship, where he scored a season-high and team-leading 22 points in the championship game against Eastern Florida State College.

"Devontè is someone we are really looking forward to having join our team for the upcoming season", said Rattlers General Manager Barry Rawylk. "In Devontè we have another weapon that can open up opposing defences not only with his impressive three-point shooting rate, but also with his ability to get to the basket. He will not only bring incredible athleticism and shot-making ability to our team, but he is also someone who will integrate nicely into the community. We are excited to see Devontè take the next step in his career here in Saskatchewan with the Rattlers."

"I'm excited to be a part of the Rattlers organization", said Devontè Bandoo. "I can't wait to play and learn from the coaching staff and my teammates. I look forward to competing for a CEBL Championship with the Ratters."

The CEBL is preparing for its third season in 2021 starting June 5, following the success of this past year's CEBL Summer Series in St. Catharines, Ont., which saw millions of viewers across Canada and around the world tune in starting July 25 to watch 26 games played over 15 days in a single-site league competition. The CEBL became the first professional sports league in Canada to return to play after the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in mid-March shut down sports across the country. For more information on the Rattlers, visit therattlers.ca.

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