Raptors 905 guard Aaron Best signs with Hamilton Honey Badgers for 2022 CEBL season

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Published April 26, 2022 at 2:24 pm

Raptors 905 guard Aaron Best signs with Hamilton Honey Badgers for 2022 CEBL season
The Hamilton Honey Badgers have officially added Raptors 905 guard Aaron Best to their lineup for the 2022 Canadian Elite Basketball League season. (John Woods/CP)

The Hamilton Honey Badgers have officially added Raptors 905 guard Aaron Best to their lineup for the 2022 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season.

Best played 31 games and averaged 10 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.5 minutes per game for the 905 this season.

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This will mark the six-year pro’s first season in the CEBL.

“Aaron is arguably one of the best defensive guards in the country and he’s making a case for himself in the NBA G League, as well,” said Honey Badgers general manager Jermaine Anderson. “His ability to shoot and get in the paint will give us different options offensively. Aaron’s willingness to work, compete and develop will be a perfect fit for our culture.”

The Ryerson grad has 238 professional games and over 5,000 career minutes under his belt.

Best began his pro career in Lithuania during the 2016-17 season. The Scarborough native was a 2017 draft selection by the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League before joining Raptors 905 for the 2017-18 season, where he averaged 7.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 52 games.

Best played for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany in 2018-19, PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece in 2019-20, and Boulazac Basket Dordogne of the LNB Pro A League in France during 2020-21 – where he averaged 11.1 points in 26.4 minutes per game.

A frequent member of the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team, Best most recently represented the country in the FIBA World Cup Americas Qualifiers where he averaged 11.5 points, 3 rebounds and 1.5 assists – helping Canada to a 4-0 record during the tournament’s first window.

The Honey Badgers tip off the fourth CEBL season on May 25, when the expansion Montreal Alliance visit FirstOntario Centre.

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