A former Edmonton Stingers star served as inspiration for the redesign of the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s trophy, awarded to the league’s most valuable player.
“The trophy, marked with an ‘X’ on a maple wood base, was inspired by CEBL’s three-time MVP Xavier Moon (2019, 2020 and 2021), who is currently signed with the Los Angeles Clippers,” the league wrote on its website Wednesday .
“The trophy was designed by Montreal-based trophy maker Protocole, who also designed the CEBL Championship Trophy.”
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During the 2021 season, Moon averaged more than 23 points per game for the Stingers.
Moon, a 27-year-old guard originally from Alabama, used his dominant play to help the Stingers win two CEBL championships before joining the NBA’s Clippers organization in the 2021-22 season.
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The CEBL tweeted a photo of their new MVP award on Wednesday night with the caption: “Presenting the new #CEBL #MVP Trophy Inspired by 3x MVP @xavier_moon.”
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On Wednesday, the CEBL announced that the Niagara River Lions’ Khalil Ahmad had been named MVP for the 2022 season.
He averaged a league-high 20.7 points and a team-high 4.5 assists per game to lead the River Lions to a 13-7 record.
Hamilton Honey Badgers’ Ryan Schmidt was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to a league-high 14-6 regular-season record.
Hamilton guard Caleb Agada was named Canadian Player of the Year while Niagara’s EJ Onu was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Thomas Kennedy, a forward for the Fraser Valley Bandits and the University of Windsor, was named the CEBL’s Best U-Sports Player.
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The CEBL general managers, head coaches and assistant coaches as well as selected league broadcasters and internal media employees voted on the award.
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The awards were announced as the CEBL prepares for its championship weekend, taking place in Ottawa this weekend. Hamilton, Niagara, Scarborough and Ottawa are fighting for the championship.
–With files from The Canadian Press
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