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Gatineau NBA draft pick Olivier Hanlan signs with Ottawa Blackjacks


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Gatineau, Que., guard Olivier Hanlan, a 2015 draft pick of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, has signed with the Ottawa Blackjacks a little more than a week before the new team’s first game.

The 27-year-old played three seasons with Boston College, then spent time in the NBA G-League and in Europe, most recently with Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece. He’s also played for Canada’s national team.

“Playing for the Blackjacks this summer is a unique opportunity to play with a bunch of guys who I have either competed with or against in Canada,” Hanlan said in a news release.

“Being able to train at home and represent my community in a Canadian professional league will be a memorable experience.”

The Blackjacks, led by former Carleton Ravens Dave Smart and Osvaldo Jeanty, are an expansion team in the seven-team Canadian Elite Basketball League.

They’ll play their first-ever game Saturday, July 25, at 3:50 p.m. against the Guelph Nighthawks as part of a CEBL tournament in St. Catharines, Ont. It will be nationally televised and streamed on CBC.

The tournament replaces the league’s previously planned regular season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Blackjacks say Hanlan replaces former Ravens start Kaza Kajami-Keane at training camp because Kajami-Keane had a scheduling conflict with his pro team in France.

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