Skip to content

Okanagan basketball star on roster of ‘elite’ basketball league

Mason Bourcier is the sole Okanagan athlete playing in the Canadian Elite Basketball League

As the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) kicks off its sixth season, it will see a record 107 Canadians compete.

Out of the 107, which represents 75 per cent of rosters, one hails from the Okanagan, Mason Bourcier.

The Kelowna native will be suiting up for the Winnipeg Sea Bears.

Bourcier is a veteran in the CEBL already, having played for three clubs; Vancouver Bandits (2019), Newfoundland Growlers (2022) and the Calgary Surge last year.

The 24-year-old played for the Manchester Giants of the British Basketball League (BBL) in England this past season, where he played 38 games, averaging six points, 3.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game in 23.4 minutes per game.

Prior to his professional career, Bourcier played four seasons in U Sports, two each with the UBC Thunderbirds and Trinity Western Spartans.

In 2022, the do-it-all guard became the first U Sports player in history to record back-to-back triple-doubles and became to first person ever to notch the feat with the Spartans.

In his high school career, Bourcier helped lead the Kelowna Secondary School (KSS) Owls to a provincial championship and an undefeated season in 2016. The following year, he took MVP honours at provincials, as the Owls finished second.

The CEBL season kicks off on Tuesday, May 21 with the Calgary Surge facing off against the Edmonton Stingers. The Sea Bears begin their season on Wednesday, May 22 against the Saskatchewan Rattlers.

The season runs until the end of August, with the championship being hosted in Montreal this year.

READ MORE: Doors opened to 35 new Indigenous homes in Vernon

READ MORE: B.C. basketball player records two rare triple-doubles back-to-back

Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
Read more