A well-known Edmonton basketball player made the jump to the NBA on a short-term contract.
Xavier Moon, who was the top player in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) with the Edmonton Stingers last season, has signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
He made his debut Monday night in the Clippers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets, scoring two points in 12 minutes of field time.
“I have so many emotions going through my body right now,” Moon said in an interview Monday before the game.
“I’m still dealing with it myself even though we had our first game last night. It’s a dream come true.”
Moon, 26, is from Alabama and joined the Stingers in the 2019 season.
Moon has led the Edmonton Stingers to the CEBL title in each of the past two seasons, winning Final MVP honors each time. He was CEBL’s top scorer in 2021 and was the league’s MVP for three years in a row.
He said he thought he won the chance to play in the NBA.
“Everyone cried,” he said of what happened when he told his family.
“I told my mom first and she was about to cook something and she broke down.”
Moon signed with Clippers’ G League affiliate Agua Caliente Clippers in October and averaged 12.4 points and 7.3 assists per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Moon follows Javin DeLaurier of the Niagara River Lions, Xavier Sneed of the Niagara River Lions and Cat Barber of the Guelph Nighthawks, who recently signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks, respectively.
“It’s just crazy to be there, to be on the floor seeing some of the guys you watch on TV all the time,” Moon said.