Vanier Cheetahs guard Karim Mane has made history by signing with the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
Mane becomes the first player ever to join the league directly from CEGEP, having attended Vanier College from 2017 to 2020, turning down interest from a number of NCAA Division I universities.
The 20-year-old made the announcement two days after he went undrafted in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft. Blake Murphy posted on Twitter that Mane’s deal in Orlando is a two-way contract.
Mane said on Twitter that he’s “excited and humbled” to join the NBA.
The 2020 NBA draft went without a Canadian being selected for the past nine years. Mane’s signing also marks the first time two Montrealers play for the same team, with University of Nevada’s Khem Birch having joined the roster in 2017.
“He’s got a great first step and can beat just about anybody off the dribble.” — Vanier College coach Andy Hertzog, to the Detroit Free Press\
By Hue Bean