The Hamilton Honey Badgers announced Friday (Feb. 12) that they have re-signed guard Duane Notice for the 2021 season.
The Toronto-native will spend his third season with the Canadian Elite Basketball League club and comes after Notice suffered a career-threatening injury in Hamilton’s third game of the CEBL Summer Series when he tore his Achilles tendon.
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“Duane has worked tirelessly to regain his form and put himself in a position to compete this summer,” said team general manager, Jermaine Anderson. “We’re extremely excited to have him back as our captain as he embodies everything that we stand for as an organization”.
Notice averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 28 minutes in the Summer Series.
“Duane is the captain and backbone of our team, so re-signing him was a top priority for Jermaine and me,” said head coach Ryan Schmidt, who coached Notice for two seasons as an assistant with Raptors 905 before the duo teamed up for the CEBL Summer Series.
“Unfortunately during the Summer Series he went down with the Achilles injury but his leadership continued throughout the remainder of the tournament and that speaks to exactly who he is as a person and leader. Duane attacks adversity and that was another example of his perseverance. His rehab is going great and we’re excited to have him back and leading us in the 2021 season.”
The 26-year-old spent two seasons with the Raptors G League affiliate and played in the NCAA Final Four while with the University of South Carolina.
Notice is the first signing by the Honey Badgers since the CEBL’s free agency window opened on Feb. 1.
Teams have until March 1, to re-sign players from their 2020 roster or to sign free agents who did not play in the league a year ago.
Starting March 2, players are free to sign with any club.
Hamilton is coming off a 4-and-4 record and third-place finish in the Summer Series.
More than 1.2 million total viewers across Canada watched the games live on CBC.