(Greater Sudbury, ON) The NBL Canada announced Tuesday afternoon that Sudbury Five guard Braylon Rayson has been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the 2018-19 season.
The MVP is awarded to the most outstanding player, deemed to be the most valuable to his member club as voted on by the Coaches across the league.
The 24-year-old Rayson, finished his second year professionally as the architect of the league’s best offense. The former Central Michigan stand out led the NBL Canada in points per game (25.1) and finished second in both three-pointers scored per game (3.8) and in field goals scored per game (8.4). The Dallas, TX native led the league in points scored (979), three-pointers scored (149), and total field goals scored (328).
Already firmly established in the history books of the Sudbury Five, Rayson also set an NBL Canada record for three pointers scored in a season with 149. Rayson also set the Sudbury Five franchise record for most points in a game with 49 against the Windsor Express on February 28, 2019.
“From the start of the year right to the end, Braylon has been the league’s MVP,” said Head Coach and General Manager Logan Stutz. “It’s special to see Braylon succeed, especially after spending last season together in Windsor. He worked extremely hard this offseason and has kept that drive with him all year, establishing himself as one of the best players in the league.”
Originally acquired by the Five in a trade with the Express at the 2018 NBL Canada draft, the Dallas native will be joining the Luoyang Zhonghe of the National Basketball League of China at the conclusion of the NBL Canada season.
Past winners of the NBL Canada’s Most Valuable Player Award include: Carl English (2017-18), Royce White (2016-17), Logan Stutz (2015-16), Quinnel Brown (2014-15), Anthony Anderson (2013-14), Devin Sweetney (2012-13), and Gabe Freeman (2011-12).