(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Five are pleased to announce that forward Yohanny Dalembert has been named a recipient of the 2018-19 NBL Canada Commissioner’s Award.

The Commissioner’s Award recognizes one individual from each NBL Canada member club for their dedication to their local community, and their countless hours dedicated to growing the game of basketball.

Dalembert, a second year forward in the NBL Canada and rookie to the City of Sudbury became a staple in the community upon his arrival in early December. Missing only one Sudbury Five community visit from the moment he arrived, Yohanny embraced his role in the community, working to grow the sport of basketball at each turn.

Quickly, Dalembert became one of the leaders on the Sudbury Five. Leading by example with his professional work ethic, training, and game preparation, the 6’ 8” Port-au-Prince, Haiti native helped lead the Five to the organization’s first playoff birth.

“He didn’t always want it, because he’s such a young player, but he’s one heck of a leader and I think he’s got a bright future in basketball and in life,” said Head Coach and General Manager Logan Stutz in a recent Sudbury Star interview. “He’s got a natural instinct to bring guys with him and guys talk to him and he makes them feel comfortable. He takes care of them. To do that at the age of 24 is something special.”

Dalembert was presented his award Thursday night prior to tip off between the Edmonton Stingers and Dalembert’s summer team, the Niagara River Lions.