'Peg basketball star drafted

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

WINNIPEG - This could be the start of something big.

Former University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball star Nick Lother was chosen in the third round of the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) draft held Sunday in Toronto.

Lother was picked 17th overall by the London Lightning, the U of W announced.

“It was an honour to be drafted into the league,” Lother said in a release. “I owe a lot to (Wesmen) coach (Mike) Raimbault, my teammates and all the people at the University of Winnipeg who have helped me get to this point.”

Lother completed his fifth year with the Wesmen last season. He finished with a flair as he was fifth in the Canada West in scoring, averaging 20.2 points per game. He also set a Canada West men’s basketball single-game modern day record for both successful free throws (22) and free throw attempts (28). Lother was named the U of W's Male Athlete of the Year for the 2010-2011 season.

“We are excited for Nick to have the opportunity to continue his playing career,” Raimbault said. “He has given a lot to the program the past five years and we wish him the best moving forward.”

The NBL is a newly-created pro basketball circuit that allows Canadian players a chance to extend their playing careers. Its inaugural season begins in October.


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