Scarborough Shooting Stars

The Scarborough Shooting Stars are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They compete in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and play their home games at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in the eastern district of Scarborough.[1] Founded in 2021, the Shooting Stars are the first professional sports team to be based in Scarborough.

Scarborough Shooting Stars
Scarborough Shooting Stars logo
LeaguesCEBL
Founded2021
HistoryScarborough Shooting Stars
(2021–present)
ArenaToronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Capacity2,000
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Team coloursTurquoise, black, grey and white
       
General managerBrady Heslip
Head coachChris Exilus
OwnershipNiko Carino & Sam Ibrahim
ChampionshipsConference championships
1 (2023)
CEBL Champions
1 (2023)
Websitescarboroughshootingstars.ca

History edit

The Scarborough Shooting Stars were established on August 16, 2021, owned by Nicholas “Niko” Carino (co-founder of record label OVO Sound) & Sam Ibrahim (founding member of venture capital firm Playground Global).[2] They are the eighth franchise of the league and made their debut in the 2022 CEBL season.[3] They were the first franchise from the Greater Toronto Area.[2] Scarborough native Chris Exilus became the first head coach of the team.[4] In May, the Shooting Stars gained worldwide attention when rapper Jermaine Cole (known under his artist name J.Cole) signed with the team.[5] Other notable players in the Shooting Stars' debut season included Jalen Harris and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.

In the Shooting Stars' first season, they reached the CEBL Finals after beating Saskatchewan in the quarter-finals and Niagara in the semi-finals. In the finals, the Hamilton Honey Badgers narrowly defeated them, 90–88. After the season, Isiaha Mike and Jalen Harris were named to the 2022 All-CEBL First Team.

Arena edit

The Shooting Stars play their games at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. It is located at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

Players edit

Current roster edit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Scarborough Shooting Stars roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 0   Kabongo, Myck 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 32 – (1992-01-12)12 January 1992
G 1   Mullings, Daniel 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 32 – (1991-07-26)26 July 1991
G 8     Moore, Zeke 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 26 – (1997-11-30)30 November 1997
F 33   Djuricic, Danilo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 25 – (1999-02-20)20 February 1999
F 54   Kennedy, Thomas 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 23 – (2000-09-01)1 September 2000
F   Rhooms, Aaron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 241 lb (109 kg) 21 – (2002-04-26)26 April 2002
Head coach
  •   Chris Exilus
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Felecia Brown
  •   Mario Celebre
  •   Mike De Giorgio
  •   Ajay Sharma

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Inactive
  •   Injured

Updated: October 30, 2023

Notable players edit

Honours edit

Eastern conference Champions (1): 2023
Champions (1): 2023

Season-by-season record edit

League Season Coach Regular season Post season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CEBL
2022 Chris Exilus 12 8 .600 3rd 2 1 .667 Lost Finals
2023 Chris Exilus 11 9 .550 3rd East 4 0 1.000 Won CEBL Championship
Totals 23 17 .575 6 1 .857

References edit

  1. ^ "About The Shooting Stars - CEBL Team in Scarborough, Ontario". www.scarboroughshootingstars.ca.
  2. ^ a b "Scarborough Shooting Stars Launched As First Greater Toronto Area Franchise In CEBL". www.cebl.ca. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  3. ^ "Scarborough Shooting Stars owners hope new CEBL team inspires next generation - Sportsnet.ca".
  4. ^ "Chris Exilus - Bio Page". www.scarboroughshootingstars.ca. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  5. ^ "J. Cole Signs Contract With Professional Canadian Basketball Team". HipHopDX. 2022-05-19. Retrieved 2022-08-13.

External links edit