Saskatchewan Rattlers first-year head coach Dean Demopoulos will have 16 players to test when the Canadian Elite Basketball League team begins its 2022 training camp on Tuesday at Merlis Belsher Place.

The 16 players include three returning players from last year in Devonte Bandoo, D’Andre Bernard and Lawrence Moore. Demopoulos will be aided by senior assistant coach Tanner Massey, as well as Eric Magdanz and the head coach’s son, James Demopoulos. The Snakes’ CEBL regular season begins May 25 at the SaskTel Centre. Here is the full Rattlers press release…..

May 16, 2022
Saskatoon, Sask. – Announcement of the Saskatchewan Rattlers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL)
Monday that their 2022 CEBL Training Camp Roster gets to work from Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Merlis
Belsher Place on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
As the Saskatchewan Rattlers contemplate training camp, the province of Saskatchewan will see the return of
familiar faces – as three members of the 2021 roster return. Returning Rattlers include Devonté Bandoo,
By André Bernard and Lawrence Moore. Bandoo, a native of Missaussaga-ON leaves his CEBL 2021
debut where he averaged 2.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds and led the Rattlers with 17.4 points per game. the fan
favorite spent the CEBL postseason playing 16 NBA G League games with the Lakeland Magic and
Grand Rapids Gold averaging 8.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. Bernard comes back after
representing the CEBL in the Basketball Champions League of Americas in Nicaragua. During the 2021 season,
Bernard averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Rattlers. For the first Bandoo and Bernard will be
share the floor with Lawrence Moore. Moore was part of the inaugural Rattlers 2019 Championship run, and
while the rehab injury contributed to the presence of the Rattlers community. Moore will look to return to the
stocks this season.
During the CEBL offseason, we saw talent making their way onto the NBA and NBA G League rosters. The Rattlers
add three Americans and one Canadian who most recently played in the NBA G League. Jordy Tshimanga, a
Originally from Montreal, QC, he most recently played with the Iowa Wolves. The 6-foot-11 forward averaged 6.7 points,
and 6.8 rebounds while playing 38 games. Malik Benlevi, originally from Savannah, GA, played alongside Tshimanga
on Iowa wolves. The forward averaged 6.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 27 games. Tshimanga and
Benlevi will be an instant contributor to the Rattlers frontcourt. Hillside-IL native Scottie Lindsey played with
the Windy City Bulls for 42 games. The guard has been an asset to scoring teams and currently ranks eighth all-time in three-point shots made (89). Lindsey grew up in the Chicago area playing alongside Lawrence Moore,
both guards are looking to rekindle their chemistry on the pitch. Tony Carr is a former 2018 New Orleans Pelicans
NBA draft pick. The Philadelphia, PA guard holds a legacy with Penn State where he had a moment to remember
shooting battle to beat Scottie Lindsey’s Northwestern in the NCAA Big Ten Tournament.
CEBL added an import rule during the offseason, where each team must hold a roster spot for a
international player. Sebastian Åris is a Danish keeper who currently plays in the final with Svendborg
Rabbits in Basketligaen Denmark. The guard won MVP, Danish Player of the Year, Danish Cup MVP and the
Danish Cup. Åris will join the Rattlers when he finishes his season with Svendborg Rabbits this week, he has
put on suspension list until available. Marquavian Stephens will join the Rattlers for
training camp. The guard has had an impact on the University of Saskatchewan Huskies this year. Stephens
helped lead the Huskies to the Canada West Final Four and U SPORTS National Championship game.
The Rattlers selected Anthony Tsegakele with the fourth overall pick in the 2022 CEBL USPORTS Draft.
Tsegakele returns to CEBL after his second year at Brandon University. Over the past two seasons has
led in rebounds per game for Brandon University, top 2 in all of Canada West and top 3 in all of U SPORTS.
Tsegakele averaged 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 32.9 minutes in 36 college games.
Tsegakele played with the Fraser Valley Bandits in the 2021 season, he will join the Rattlers frontcourt in search of
to bring experience in painting. Ali Sow of the Wilfrid Laurier Goldenhawks will replace Benjamin Hillis.
The guard was drafted fifth in the second round of the 2020 CEBL U SPORTS Draft by the Guelph Nighthawks
and fourth overall in 2021 by the Ottawa Blackjacks.
Canadian forwards Kemel Archer, Dani Elgadi and Rudy Joly will also join the Rattlers for training camp.
Archer played with the Edmonton Stingers in 2021 winning the CEBL Championship. He played most recently
with Solent Kestrels of NBL D1 in the UK where he became league champion, playoff champion
and won the National Cup trophy in his second year with the team. Archer will reconnect with Wilfrid Laurier
Goldenhawks teammate Ali Sow. Former Brock Badger player Elgadi to join training camp as replacement
Shane Osayande. Elgadi played for Esgueria in the Portuguese LPB averaging 13.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8
assists while playing 21 games. Joly has a wealth of international basketball experience and will replace Irshaad
Hunte during training camp.
The coaching staff was finalized and led by former NBA coach Dean Demopoulos. Demopoulos has
a full coaching resume with 17 years with Temple University, 13 years in the NBA, and recently served
two years in Australia in the NBL. Tanner Massey will also join the team as a senior assistant coach. Massey
served as an assistant coach for the Fraser Valley Bandits in 2021 with a record 500. Complete Coaching
the staff is James Demopoulos and Eric Magdanz who will serve as assistant coaches. James Demopoulos recently
coach of Chipola College, who are the 2021 Panhandle Conference Champions and the 2021 Region 8 Champions. James will
join his father in this new opportunity at the CEBL. Magdanz is from Saskatchewan and served as Deputy
Coach of the Edmonton Stingers in 2019.
“We head into training camp full of optimism and really looking forward to a fresh start in 2022. I am
really happy with the staff that we have put together, and thanks to the coaching meetings that I have attended – I can
definitely feel a different vibe,” Rattlers general manager Barry Rawlyk said. “The list has been completed
with very talented athletes and we feel we have a chance to compete for a title this year. Come now
the hardest part, and that’s what training camp is all about, defining player roles, finding out how all the
the pieces fit together and get everyone to buy into the system of play that the coaching staff will define. I
know that I am personally delighted to see some of these extremely talented players on the pitch together, and to
see them develop individually and as a group.
The 2022 CEBL season begins May 25 at the SaskTel Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. All tickets can be
purchased at Rattlers Front Office (306) 244-2181, Saskatchewan Rattlers website or via Ticketmaster.