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Burnaby basketball player back on home court with Vancouver Bandits

Glen Yang, in his second CEBL season, will look to bring experience and excitement to his new club.
Burnaby's Glen Yang has signed with his hometown Vancouver Bandits for the 2024 CEBL season after one year with the Winnipeg Sea Bears.

Glen Yang is coming home and bringing a wealth of professional basketball experience with him.

The Burnaby-born athlete signed with the Vancouver Bandits on Thursday, April 23, which will mark his second season in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) — the country's highest pro level of the sport.

Last year, he suited up for the Winnipeg Sea Bears, advancing to the CEBL playoffs after helping the team to a record of 12-8 in its inaugural year.

Yang is hoping to add to his success by bringing a championship to the lower mainland.

"I can’t wait to get back to Vancouver and embrace the culture of the Bandits franchise," the 6'4" guard said in a news release.

"I was born in Burnaby, so to come back and play professional basketball is a full circle moment and a dream come true. I am excited to join the team and to get to work!"

Yang moved to Hong Kong when he was five but returned to Canada later on, ultimately landing at Mount Royal University (MRU) in Calgary for five years of collegiate basketball.

Yang has played in Spain, Hong Kong and Taiwan since turning pro in 2019.

In 2023, he led the Bay Area Dragons of the East Asia Super League to a runner-up finish at the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals.

Kyle Julius, Bandits head coach and general manager, believes Yang will be a great fit on his roster.

"Glen is a proven winner who plays with toughness and a high IQ. I am really looking forward to working with Glen and having him enhance our culture."

With Winnipeg, Yang tallied five double-digit games among a campaign total of 125 points in 21 games, including a 35.1 field-goal percentage, 32.1 from the three-point line and 100 from the free-throw line.

He also averaged six points per game, three assists and 2.6 rebounds throughout the regular season. The Sea Bears were eliminated by Edmonton in the play-in round of the postseason.

Yang is scheduled to report to Bandits' training camp next month. Vancouver opens its 2024 CEBL season at home at the Langley Events Centre on May 23 against the Montréal Alliance.