The Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) signed two Ottawa natives, the team announced on Thursday, May 12.
Forward Maxime Boursiquot of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and guard Aiden Warnholtz of the Carleton Ravens were signed ahead of the 2022 CEBL season.
Boursiquot averaged 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 15 games played with the Gee-Gees this past season.
"I am both excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the BlackJacks organization," said Boursiquot. "I look forward to competing in the nation's capital in front of my family and friends, as well as working with the talented players around me to create a winning culture."
Boursiquot graduated from Immaculata High School in Ottawa where he finished his career as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
"Local talent is important in this league, we felt Max was one of the best defenders in U SPORTS, he competes at a high-level and both attributes will be transferrable," said Jevohn Shepherd, general manager and vice-president of basketball operations with the BlackJacks. "We are excited to help Max get his professional career kick started."
A six-foot-two guard, Warnholtz played the last three years for the Ravens where he won three consecutive U Sports national championships.
During that span, he averaged 7.2 points and 2.5 assists in 57 games.
"I am excited for the opportunity to compete with some high-level pros on my hometown team," said Warnholtz.
In his junior year, Warnholtz was named the 2022 Ravens team’s most valuable player and helped Carleton win the 2022 U Sports national title
"Most in the Ottawa area will be familiar with Aiden, we've all seen his promise and potential playing for the Carleton Ravens," said Shepherd. "He is a very skilled and high IQ player that plays at his own pace and poise."
Boursiquot and Warnholtz represent the third and fourth U sports players to be added to the BlackJacks roster for the 2022 season which begins May 25 at home against the Fraser Valley Bandits.