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NBL Canada Standings
Atlantic Division
 1 Moncton M. 27-13 
 2 Halifax H. 25-15 
 3 Cape Breton H. 19-21 
 4 St.John R. 17-23 
 5 Island S. 12-28 
Central Division
 1 London L. 22-18 
 2 St.Johns E. 21-19 
 3 Sudbury F. 21-19 
 4 KW Titans 19-21 
 5 Windsor Exp. 17-23 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Braylon RAYSON
  Sudbury F.
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Rayson, Sudbury F.24.3 
 2. Massey, Cape B.23.4 
 3. Kell, Moncton M.22.4 
 4. Carter, Island S.21.9 
 5. Jones, Sudbury F.21.9 
 6. Jones, Windsor .21.5 
 7. Patillo, Windsor Exp.20.4 
 8. Thomas, Halifax H.19.9 
 9. Boucard, Island S.19.7 
 10. Bartley-IV, St.John.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Grandy GLAZE
  Sudbury F.
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Glaze, Sudbury F.11.5 
 2. Washington, St.Jo.11.3 
 3. Oleka, St.John's E.10.4 
 4. Patillo, Windsor Exp.9.0 
 5. Reynolds, Cape B.8.8 
 6. Dixon, Sudbury F.8.7 
 7. Maston, St.John R.8.6 
 8. Boucard, Island S.8.5 
 9. Jones, Cape B.8.2 
 10. Kell, Moncton M.7.8 
Assists Per Game
  Windsor .
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wormely, Windsor .6.6 
 2. Jones, St.John's E.6.5 
 3. Clinkscales, Halif.6.3 
 4. Massey, Cape B.5.8 
 5. Smith, KW Titans5.3 
 6. Kell, Moncton M.4.8 
 7. Arrington, St.Jo.4.8 
 8. Boucard, Island S.4.7 
 9. Rayson, Sudbury F.4.7 
Steals Per Game
  Cape B.
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Massey, Cape B.2.8 
 2. Jones, Sudbury F.2.2 
 3. Kell, Moncton M.1.8 
 4. White, Island S.1.8 
 5. Lewis, Moncton M.1.7 
 6. Jones, Windsor .1.6 
 7. Boucard, Island S.1.6 
 8. Poole, Halifax H.1.6 
 9. Releford, Sudbu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Windsor .
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Walker, Windsor .2.2 
 2. Evans, Moncton M.1.7 
 3. Dalembert, Sudbu.1.6 
 4. Brown, Halifax H.1.6 
 5. Bolden, London L.1.6 
 6. Shuler, Island S.1.4 
 7. Maston, St.John R.1.4 
 8. Carter-II, Island S.1.3 
 9. Davis, St.John's E.1.1 
 10. Capers, London L.1.1 
Exclusive Interview with Kyle Julius - Oct 21, 2015

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Kyle Julius recently asked Kyle Julius, current head coach of the London Lightning (NBL Canada), a few questions about his career and upcoming season in this exclusive interview. 36-year old Julius, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, played NCAA D1 college basketball with the Furman Paladins and then moved to the CIS to compete for the Guelph Gryphons. His career at the pro level was highlighted with stints in Italy and Cyprus. He also played two games for the Lightning in 2011. In addition, Julius made the 2005 Canadian national team under Leo Rautins. But before long, he joined the coaching business, directing the Mississauga Power (NBL Canada) starting 2014 and becoming the first NBLC player to become a head coach in the league. In fact, only a short time ago, he joined his former team, the Lightning, and will coach them for the 2015-16 season. He has already returned several ex-Power players and added the likes of Tyshwan Edmondson and Garrett Williamson. Outside of the NBLC, Julius runs A-Game Hoops and has helped improve a number of amateurs and pros through the years.

Describe your mindset on a pro basketball career during college. Where did you envision yourself in five years?

As a college player it was my daily mindset to become a professional basketball player. I worked extremely hard in the weight room and in the gym on a regular basis to improve and play at a high level. In the offseasons I would shoot 1000 shots a day, and during the season I would come early and stay late everyday, always working towards becoming a professional. I made all the necessary sacrifices to earn a pro contract.

What are some of your favorite moments as a player?

I have many favourite moments as a player but the ones that stand out the most are receiving a NCAA D1 scholarship to Furman University, making the all-rookie team in the Southern Conference in 1998, making the Canadian National Team in 2005 and signing a contract to play professionally in Italy.

What led to you choosing to play pro basketball in Italy over other countries?

I wanted to play in Italy over other countries because, at the time, I had a great offer to play in Italy, and my mother's family is Italian. I was working on getting my Italian citizenship.

What made you end your playing career so quickly?

It was in my second year of university I knew I really wanted to coach. My father was a university coach in Canada, so I grew up in the gym always analyzing the game from a coach's perspective. My pro playing career ended so quickly because, playing in Europe, I quickly developed the desire to coach, and at the same time I caught a few bad breaks with injuries and multiple agents.

How was the transition from playing to coaching?

The transition from playing to coaching has been great and tremendously rewarding. I have spent the last 8 years doing skill and development combined with coaching many teams. I have been able to help players from every level improve their games through my understanding of what they are going through and my experiences building and playing my own game. As a player I was a hard worker and played with a lot of passion and fire. I think I bring the same qualities to the court as a coach. I love working with guys on their individual approach to the game and enhancing their skills. I try to make sure I am coaching the way I used to play while making sure our players are constantly developing. I think guys like those types of coaching environments.

What went wrong in your first season coaching with the Power?

My first year coaching the Power was an amazing experience. It was full of challenging and adverse situations. I had to coach part-time while working a regular 40 hours-a-week day job in real estate development. I lived 100 km away from the city and I am a father of two small boys, so that also made it difficult. Our team had a small budget so our ability to land proven players and keep them happy was problematic.

Nonetheless, we lost 13 very close games and I take full responsibility for our overall record. We changed players 12 times during the season, because I was constantly taking disciplinary action and working through our problems. Despite the poor record and challenges we faced, it was one of the best basketball experiences of my life. The NBLC is a really good league loaded with great coaches and big time players. I really loved every second coaching the Power and I am truly thankful to the Power organization for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to coach in this great league.When you go through a bad season like that, you truly learn how to coach, deal with adversity and wake up every morning working your tail off to win games when you know you are less talented and experienced.

What was your initial reaction when the Mississauga Power folded? Was it expected or shocking?

I was initially shocked to find out the Raptors had bought our franchise and that we had all lost our jobs. At that point I had quit my day job (my main source of income), so I could do a better job with the Power in my second year. I was heartbroken, because I had invested so much into the organization and our players. I felt that we really took our lumps and ended up changing the culture in Mississauga my first year. I know it's a great thing for basketball in Canada, and I have so much respect for the Toronto Raptors I could easily see how it took shape, and we all know things like this are part of the basketball business.

Did you think you would return to the NBL Canada for another season once the Power folded?

I really did not think I would return to the NBLC after last season. When Vito Frijia, the owner of the London Lightning, called I was very grateful and honored. I have so much respect for Vito and, the way he has built the Lightning, it's an absolute privilege and an honour to work for him and coach in front of those amazing fans in London.

What do you hope will change this season with the London Lightning?

My plan for the Lightning this year is to put together a team that plays with relentless heart, toughness, great skill and complete unselfishness. It will take time and great preparation to create a team that plays like that every night, but I know it's possible. The first step is recruiting the right guys and I'm pretty sure we have done that so far. We call it GRIT. We want to work playing with GRIT every night.

Which players do you think will take the leading roles for your team next season?

So far, we have signed some great players with great character and determination. I'm not sure who take leading roles as of yet, but I do know that we will be deep and play as hard as we can so we can make the people of London proud.

Based on what you have seen so far, what makes the Lightning such a successful franchise?

What makes the Lightning such a successful franchise is the simple fact that it is located in an amazing city with people who truly care and support their local athletes at every level. It is also successful because of the passion Vito Frijia and his team put into the daily operations. The organization is run by great people who really care about the players and the community. The team does so much great work in the community the fans come out consistently to reciprocate the love and support.

Talk about your experience at A-Game Hoops. What are some of the very best players you have worked with?

*A*-Game Hoops is a basketball skill and development company my father and I started when I finished playing pro in 2008. We worked very hard to make sure we were teaching you players to play the right way by focusing on high end skill acquisition, while constantly building high level basketball conditioning. Since we started, we worked with over dozens of Canadian University players, over 50 NCAA players and well over 75 pros.

Thank you for your time and good luck next season.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to speak with you.

Kyle Julius   

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