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UPDATE: Over 12 Sr Teams participated in the 2015 Fraser League Draft

-Commissioner of the League Rajah A. Smith said it is not about the elite players but the development of the game in the VI
Commissioner of the League Rajah A. Smith said that it is important for the elite players to remember that the draft is being used to bring more development to the game of basketball and it is not all about them. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Julian Fraser RA about to make a pick of a draft player's name. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Hon Julian Fraser RA about to make a pick of a draft player's name. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The committee doing their work during the draft. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The committee doing their work during the draft. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
A section of the crowd in attendance on draft night Wednesday July 15, 2015. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
A section of the crowd in attendance on draft night Wednesday July 15, 2015. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Head Coach of the Bayside Blazers Rhennie O. Phipps. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Head Coach of the Bayside Blazers Rhennie O. Phipps. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The Honourable Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League draft took place on Wednesday evening, July 15, 2015, at the Save the Seed Basketball Court. Image: Provided
The Honourable Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League draft took place on Wednesday evening, July 15, 2015, at the Save the Seed Basketball Court. Image: Provided
Kellven M. Samuel went to Bayside Blazers, Nathaniel Malone went to Zone 6 Ballers and Ray D. Victor to West Gunners. Photo: VINO/File
Kellven M. Samuel went to Bayside Blazers, Nathaniel Malone went to Zone 6 Ballers and Ray D. Victor to West Gunners. Photo: VINO/File
Pure Playaz got Halstead 'JR' Chiverton. Photo: VINO/File
Pure Playaz got Halstead 'JR' Chiverton. Photo: VINO/File
Talk Done picked David ‘Bolo’ Lettsome. Photo: VINO/File
Talk Done picked David ‘Bolo’ Lettsome. Photo: VINO/File
Run it Red received Sean ‘Chino’ Woods. Photo: Facebook
Run it Red received Sean ‘Chino’ Woods. Photo: Facebook
The Knights picked Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman. Photo: VINO/File
The Knights picked Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman. Photo: VINO/File
Asst Commissioner, Byron J. Hodge said the draft had gone well. Photo: VINO/File
Asst Commissioner, Byron J. Hodge said the draft had gone well. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Another successful draft exercise has been completed by the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League for its 2015 season.

The popular and creative draft system whereby Virgin Islands elite basketball players once 24 years of age and over can join any of the teams in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League took place on July 15, 2015 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre Basketball Court.

Some 12 teams participated in the 2015 draft with one team, Spartans and one player David ‘Bolo’ Lettsome opting out of the draft and three Teams who were absent however, will still have an opportunity to select from the remaining elite players.

Team selection 2015 Draft

Real Tool Draft pick is; Cedrick King

Avengers Draft pick is; Dwayne ‘Kobo’ Penn

Bayside Blazers Draft pick is; Kellven M. Samuel

Knights Draft Pick is; Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman

Pure Playaz Draft pick is; Halstead ‘JR’ Chiverton

Run it Red Draft pick is; Sean ‘Chino’ Woods

Splash Brothers Draft Pick is; Travis A. ‘Chucky’ Isaac

Warriors Draft Pick is; Juan R. Hatchett

Z6ne 6 Ballers Draft Pick is; Nathaniel Malone

West Gunners Draft Pick is; Ray D. Victor.

Meanwhile Team ‘Talk Done’ first selected David ‘Bolo’ Lettsome on Wednesday, but he has since decided to remain out of the Draft making him not eligible to play in the League. However, Talk Done has picked up Elite player Javaghn Cameron, after given the opportunity to make another pick.

Three teams were absent from the Draft pick exercise: Young Starz, Filipinos and Starz. The Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League Committee has approved for them to select from the remaining elite players of, Phillip Glasgow, Steve E. Parillon and Kameron G. Young.

It is not about the players but the game itself

Meanwhile, Commissioner of the League Rajah A. Smith said that it is important for the elite players to remember that the draft is being used to bring more development to the game of basketball and it is not all about them.

“This is more than basketball. It is more than about them. It is about being a part of growing the sport in the Virgin Islands and passing on the knowledge that they have,” he said.

He added that most of the players have played collegiate basketball or have played for the national team and internationally.

“For a long time we have been trying to bring excitement to the sport…we have a working committee and with the new Assistant Commissioner on Board Mr Byron J. Hodge we are working together to make sure we do it for the sport and the fans,” said Smith.

He said that since the draft on Wednesday teams have been getting arrangements made for practice sessions so that everything will come together on August 15, 2015.

August 15, 2015 League starts

The League kicks off on August 15, 2015 at the Save the Seed Centre with an opening ceremony at 6:00 PM. The League is open to both men and women and will consist of both junior and senior teams.

The founders of the League are Hon Julian Fraser RA, Representative for the Third District and Bishop John I. Cline, the founder of the Save the Seed Energy Centre and senior Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church.

The 2015 Platinum Sponsors of the Hon. Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League are Digicel BVI and Nagico Insurances.

See previous article published on July 17, 2015:

Hon Fraser STS League completes Draft process

-Kellven M. Samuel to Bayside Blazers, Cedrick King to Real Tool, Ray D. Victor to West Gunners among those drafted

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – With the final list of Draft Players confirmed, the Honourable Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League draft took place on Wednesday evening, July 15, 2015, at the Save the Seed Basketball Court.

A raffle determined which team got which number pick in the draft. Teams with the lowest record/score in the 2014 League were given number 1, 2, & 3 in order to have first preference to pick in the Draft System to display fairness.

Drafted players can be traded; however, trading of players must be approved by League Committee.

Real Tool were first up and selected Cedric King, the warriors then picked up Juan Hatchet before the West Gunners chose Ray D. Victor.

Zone 6 Ballers added Nathaniel Malone to their roster, whilst Talk Done picked David ‘Bolo’ Lettsome.

Defending Champions, the Bayside Blazers, after a long delay selected Kellven M. Samuel.

Coach Rhennie O. Phipps commented “At first we were looking for a big man, but as they had gone we were able to pick up the best player in the Draft. With his ability to score the Basketball and run the floor he will be a big asset to the Bayside Blazers. He will also replace a lot of the scoring that we got from Deon J. Edwin last season.”

Pure Playaz got Halstead “JR” Chiverton, the Knights, Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman, Run it Red, Sean ‘Chino’ Woods, the Avengers Dwayne ‘Kobo’ Penn and the Splash Brothers, Travis A. Isaac.

Afterwards new Assistant Commissioner, Byron J. Hodge said the draft had gone well. “The Draft was excellent and I wish more Sports Organisations would do something like this. The Draft went well, everyone seems to be happy, with only one player seemingly disgruntled, but if he doesn’t want to play then we just move on,” said Hodge.

Hodge also thought that the league would be very competitive and that the season, along with who would be Champions was going to be very interesting.

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