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Larson’s best available heading into the inaugural CPL-U SPORTS Draft

The CPL-U SPORTS Draft will be held behind closed doors on Nov. 12 following the conclusion of the U SPORTS National Championship.

The results of the draft will be formally announced on the morning of Nov. 13.

Here are 10 U SPORTS prospects who are receiving the most chatter ahead of Monday’s draft: 

JACE KOTSOPOULOS, GUELPH

HOMETOWN: Burlington, Ont.
POSITION: Forward
YEAR: 4
TIDBIT: Became the second Guelph player in history to claim the Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy as the country’s best university player.

Jace Kotsopoulos. (U SPORTS)
Jace Kotsopoulos. (U SPORTS)

THOMAS GARDNER, UBC  

HOMETOWN: North Vancouver, B.C.
POSITION: Forward
YEAR: 1
TIDBIT: Claimed Canada West Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honours.

Thomas Gardner. (U SPORTS)
Thomas Gardner. (U SPORTS)

GABRIEL BITAR, CARLETON

HOMETOWN: Ottawa, Ont.
POSITION: Forward
YEAR: 2
TIDBIT: Became the first Raven to be named U SPORTS Rookie of the Year (2017).

Gabriel Bitar. (U SPORTS)
Gabriel Bitar. (U SPORTS)

STEFAN KARAJOVANOVIC, CARLETON

HOMETOWN: Gatineau, Que.
POSITION: Midfielder
YEAR: 2
TIDBIT: Larson’s sleeper pick. Potentially the most underrated player in this inaugural CPL-U SPORTS Draft.

Stefan Karajovanovic. (U SPORTS)
Stefan Karajovanovic (r). (U SPORTS)

DANIEL GOGARTY, YORK 

HOMETOWN: Scarborough, Ont.
POSITION: Defender
YEAR: 5
TIDBIT: Left-sided centre back who could transition to fullback at the CPL level.

Daniel Gogarty. (U SPORTS)
Daniel Gogarty. (U SPORTS)

PETER SCHAALE, CAPE BRETON

HOMETOWN: Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
POSITION: Defender
YEAR: 3
TIDBIT: The 6-foot-3 German centreback was arguably the most dominant defender during this weekend’s U SPORTS Championship.

Peter Schaale (R). (U SPORTS)
Peter Schaale (r). (U SPORTS)

CORY BENT, CAPE BRETON

HOMETOWN: Preston, England
POSITION: Forward
YEAR: 3
TIDBIT: Full of pace, Bent was one of the most electrifying players at this weekend’s U SPORTS Championship.

Cory Bent. (U SPORTS)
Cory Bent. (U SPORTS)

ANDRE BONA, UQAM

HOMETOWN: Marseille, France
POSITION: Defender
YEAR: 5
TIDBIT: Garnered interest from multiple CPL scouts during a pair of standout performances against Cape Breton and UBC.

Andre Bona. (U SPORTS)
Andre Bona. (U SPORTS)

OMAR KREIM, MONTREAL

HOMETOWN: Casablanca, Morocco
POSITION: Midfielder
YEAR: 3
TIDBIT: Showed outstanding work rate in midfield, with an ability to get on the ball and make good decisions in the final third.

Omar Kreim (L). (U SPORTS)
Omar Kreim (L). (U SPORTS)

NOAH CUNNINGHAM, ALBERTA

HOMETOWN: St. Albert, Alta.
POSITION: Defender
YEAR: 3
TIDBIT: A product of the FC Edmonton development system.

Noah Cunningham. (U SPORTS)
Noah Cunningham. (U SPORTS)
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