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River Lions sign 'seasoned vet' Thomas Scrubb

Scrubb spent five years at Carleton University where he averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 104 university games
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The Niagara River Lions announced today the signing of Canadian household name, Thomas (Tommy) Scrubb for the remainder of the 2021 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season. The 6’6 forward from Richmond, British Columbia brings a wealth of international and professional experience having played in top leagues across Europe as well as suiting up for the Canadian National Team on several occasions.

"Tommy is a seasoned vet who plays the game the right way. He defends, rebounds, and can make plays on the offensive end,” said Head Coach & General Manager, Victor Raso. “Tommy is incredibly competitive and can assume many different roles for us. I'm thrilled that we have been able to add another talented, experienced Canadian to our River Lions organization."

Scrubb spent five years at Carleton University where he averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 104 university games. He was named the CIS (U SPORTS) Defensive Player of the Year twice, and CIS tournament All-Star on three occasions. Alongside his brother and current River Lion, Phil Scrubb, he earned five straight CIS National Championships with the Ravens.

Scrubb’s professional career has taken him to Finland, Germany, Italy and France. Last summer he returned home to suit up for the Ottawa Blackjacks during the 2020 CEBL Summer Series. A finalist for the 2020 CEBL Canadian Player of the year, Scrubb averaged 15 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in eight games through the series.

Most recently, Scrubb played for Bourg-en-Bresse of the France-Jeep ELITE ProA League where he averaged 8.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24 minutes of play.

“I’m really excited to be joining the River Lions for the end of the season,” said Scrubb.” They’ve had a good year so far and I’m hoping that we’re able to finish strong.”

Scrubb will suit up for the River Lions starting this Friday July 30th versus the Guelph Nighthawks. Tickets are available via by visiting the Niagara River Lions Front Office at 2 Front Street North in Thorold, by phone (289-273-5905), or email (

The Niagara River Lions are one of the original six teams of the CEBL. Playing out of Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, the River Lions represent the twelve municipalities of the Niagara Region while living up to the River Lions moniker of pride and strength of community. Visit for additional details.