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Ottawa BlackJacks sign former NBA player Walter Lemon Jr.

The six-foot-two guard played 11 NBA games for the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans.

The Ottawa BlackJacks’ new signing ahead of the 2022 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season is American guard Walter Lemon Jr., the team announced Monday, May 2.

The Chicago native played 11 games in the National Basketball League (NBA), including six games with the Chicago Bulls in 2019 and five games with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018.

He averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and five assists with the Bulls. In his debut for Chicago on March 30, 2019, Lemon Jr. scored 19 points, had six assists and added four steals against the Toronto Raptors.

“I’m thrilled to join the BlackJacks organization in Ottawa this summer and meet the community,” said Lemon Jr. “I’ve heard great things about the city and look forward to working with the rest of the team.”

Along with his NBA regular season experience, the 29-year-old has played numerous games in the NBA G League, NBA Summer League and overseas in Europe.

“We are excited about the wealth of experience we gain by joining him at our club,” said Jevohn Shepherd, General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations for the BlackJacks. “Walt has the ability to reach the rim to score and make plays for others…We think that will translate well with CEBL’s style of play.”

At the college level, Lemon Jr. averaged 13.2 points in 130 games with the Bradley University Braves, but was also recognized off the field. He was the first-ever Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s basketball in 2014.

Lemon Jr. is the 11th player announced to have signed with Ottawa for the 2022 season. The BlackJacks begin the 2022 campaign against the Fraser Valley Bandits on May 25 in Langley, BC.