Edge look­ing for­ward with draft picks

St. John’s ex­pan­sion team se­lects two play­ers out of NCAA Di­vi­sion One pro­grams in NBL Canada draft, also sign former Cana­dian univer­sity star

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It re­mains to be seen if he will be­come a key per­former, the an­swer to a trivia ques­tion, or both, but Aaron Wil­liams is the first-ever draft pick of the St. John’s Edge.

The ex­pan­sion Edge had the first over­all pick in Sun­day evening’s Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League Canada draft in Windsor, Ont., and used it to se­lect Wil­liams, a 25-year-old for­ward from Chicago who at­tended Chicago State Univer­sity, a Di­vi­sion One NCAA school. The 6-6, 215pound Wil­liams played four years with the CSU Cougars and grad­u­ated from the in­sti­tu­tion in 2015. In­ter­est­ingly, his mother Tonya grad­u­ated from Chicago State that same year, more than 30 years af­ter she took her first univer­sity course.

Wil­liams, who most re­cently played in China and with the Fort Wayne Flite of the Cen­tral Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, was one of 130 play­ers who at­tended NBL Canada’s pre-draft com­bine in Windsor.

St. John’s also had the first pick of the draft’s se­cond round

Sun­day and used it to take another for­ward out of an NCAA Di­vi­sion One pro­gram — 6-8, 240-pound Zach Gor­don.

The 24-year-old Gor­don, a na­tive of subur­ban Seat­tle, spent five years at Cal­i­for­nia Polytech­nic State Univer­sity (he red­shirted as a fresh­man and grad­u­ated from the San Luis Obispo, Calif., school ear­lier

this year.

Mean­while, the Edge con­tinue to an­nounce player sign­ings for the team’s in­au­gu­ral train­ing camp, set to be­gin later this month.

The lat­est is 6-2 guard Ken­neth Otieno, a na­tive of Kenya who is out of the Univer­sity of Al­berta Golden Bears and­who has ap­peared in NBL Canada

for the Is­land Storm (2015-16) and Hal­i­fax Hur­ri­canes (201617) .

He also played in the Span­ish third di­vi­sion within the last year.

Otieno was a two-time Canada West all-star and was twice named the Golden Bears’ MVP.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FIILE PHOTO/JAY LAPRETE

In this Dec. 29, 2012 file photo, Chicago State’s Aaron Wil­liams (left) de­fends as Ohio State’s Laquin­ton Ross tries to drib­ble past him dur­ing their NCAA col­lege bas­ket­ball game in Colum­bus, Ohio. Wil­liams was the first over­all se­lec­tion by the St....

Zack Gor­don

Ken­neth Otieno

Aaron Wil­liams

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