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Novell Thomas

2019 |


Novell fell in love with Basketball in his hometown of Richmond, BC. Little did he know that playing against older players in his adolescent years would lead to a full basketball career, including a full athletic scholarship, a professional contract overseas and the good fortune to represent Canada on the world stage.

Richmond Roots Novell was born in Vancouver but lived in Richmond for the first 35 years of his life. Growing up, he enjoyed playing soccer, basketball and football. His love for basketball really started when close friends introduced him to Dolphin Park and the Dolphin Park Classic.

Did You Know Until 10 years of age, Novell’s favourite sport was hockey. In 2010, he was a Torch Bearer for the Winter Olympics.

Barriers Overcome As a young teen, Novell was cut from the Campus Life Club Basketball Team. This experience motivated him for the rest of his life.


Recognition • Brandon University Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Community Service Award • NAIA Honorable Mention All-American • NAIA 1st team All-Star (two times) • PacWest 1st Team All-Star • Langara – Freshmen Student Athlete of the Year • BC High School Provincial All-Star

All Awards

1993 First Team All-Star PacWest (nee British Columbia College Athletic Association)  
1993 Student Athlete Langara College - Versa Freshmen Student Athlete of the Year  
1996 PNWAC All-Star Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference All-Star  
1997 PNWAC All-Star Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference All-Star  
1997 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics  

Championship Novell won a Gold Medal with the U-19 BC Team, a Provincial Championship in football with the Richmond Rebels as well as numerous basketball tournament Championships with Charles E. London and Steveston High School.


1997 All-Time Career Assist Leader Simon Fraser University career All-Time Assist Leader  
1997 All-Time Assist Leader – Single Season Simon Fraser University single season All-Time Assist lLeader  
1997 Triple Double Recorded the 1st and only Triple Double in PNWAC History  
2019 Excellence in Community Service Brandon University Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Community Service  


Career Stats

YearTeam / OrganizationHighlight
1996 Canadian U-22 Men’s National Team COPABA Basketball Tournament  
2002-2003 Canadian Senior Men’s National Team World Championships; Pan Am Games; Olympic Qualifiers  
2003 Buffalo City Thunder Midwestern Basketball Association  
2003-2005 Eurotech Baskets Feldkirch Starting point guard in the Austrian Basketball League  

Contribution to Richmond Sport Novell coached basketball for five years in the Richmond School Division. He was a Board Member with Basketball BC who founded WYBA, a non-profit community basketball association, as well as and the Junior Bobcats Basketball Club.

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