(Toronto, ON) The NBL Canada announced Saturday afternoon that Five guard, Jaylen Bland has been named the NBL Canada Newcomer of the Year.


The Newcomer of the year is awarded to the most outstanding player in his first season with the National Basketball League of Canada, as voted on by the member teams.


The 26-year-old guard from Saginaw, MI was one of the Five’s most explosive scorers all year. Playing in 29 games this season, Bland averaged 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.


One of the best shooters in the league this season, Bland scored the third most three pointers in the league, netting 133 over the course of the season. Bland led the league averaging 4.6 3PT/G, contributing to the league leading Five offense.


“Since turning pro, Jaylen has been one of the best three-point shooters around the globe,” said Head Coach and General Manager Logan Stutz.  Jaylen has been a big piece of our success this season, and we couldn’t be happier to have him recognized by the league.”


Past winners of the NBL Canada Newcomer of the Year include: Franklin Session (2017-18), Jahii Carson (2016-17), James Justice (2015-16), TyShwan Edmondson (2014-15), Justin Tubbs (2013-14), and Marvin Phillips (2012-13).