Bandits prepare to host first ID camp

The Fraser Valley Bandits will be hosting a player ID camp at the University of the Fraser Valley from 4 to 8 p.m. on April 27 inside the campus’ south gymnasium.

Players who no longer have USports or Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility are able to register. Players should either have graduated from university or college, or have exhausted their post-secondary athletics eligibility.

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To be considered for the camp, eligible players must register online and send a CV with direct contact information and a summary of professional, athletic and academic achievements, as well as a video highlight package or link to info@thebandits.ca. Players who register, but fail to send the necessary information will not be considered for the camp.

Bandits head coach and general manager Peter Guarasci, as well as assistant coaches Virgil Hill and Kyle Graves, will vet all players’ applications. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on April 25. Players selected to attend the ID camp will be contacted directly within 48 hours of registering online and submitting their credentials via email.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the hotbed of basketball talent that is present in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley regions. (UFV) is the perfect proving ground for some of our province’s upcoming, overlooked and underrated players to compete for a spot on the Bandits’ roster,” Guarasci said. “Basketball is a sport for lifelong learners. Whether you’re a late bloomer or a talent on the rise, this is a chance to measure yourself against fellow high-caliber players.”

The Bandits open their inaugural season in the Canadian Elite Basketball League on May 9, 7 p.m. against the Guelph Nighthawks at the Bandits’ home venue, Abbotsford Centre.

Modelled after top international professional leagues, the CEBL is comprised of teams in Fraser Valley (Abbotsford), Hamilton, Edmonton, Guelph, Niagara (St. Catharines), and Saskatchewan (Saskatoon). The Bandits will play a 20-game regular season from May 9 to Aug. 15, culminating with a league championship playoff at a site to be announced.

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