McGill grad Mitrovic picked 16th overall in National Basketball League draft
Aleksandar Mitrovic, who helped guide the McGill University Redmen to a fifth-place finish at the CIS championship tournament last spring, was picked 16th overall by the Moncton Miracles in the National Basketball League of Canada draft, held Monday at the GTA Centre in Markham, Ont.
A 6-foot-6, 210-pound centre, originally from Belgrade (Serbia), Mitrovic was a second-team all-star with the Redmen last season and one of 29 players selected in the draft. The first pick overall was Alex Johnson, a Canadian chosen by the Ottawa SkyHawks.
In his final year of eligibility at McGill -- after transfering from the NCAA's Mount Olive College -- Mitrovic completed a master's degree in teaching and learning. He started all 16 games, averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest. He was fifth among league leaders in field-goal shooting (49.0 %) and was credited with 21 assists and 14 steals.
The NBL will begin its third year of operation with 10 teams in early November, including the two-time defending champion London Lightning. Other teams are the Montreal Jazz, Windsor Express, Mississauga Power, Saint John Mill Rats, Halifax Rainmen, Summerside Storm and Brampton A's.