Two former Panthers to play in exhibition game at UPEI on Friday
SLEMON PARK – The Summerside Storm had a new face at training camp here at the Canada Games Sports Centre on Wednesday.
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Sherone Edwards talks with Summerside Storm head coach Joe Salerno during Wednesday afternoon’s practice at the Canada Games Sports Centre in Slemon Park.
Former UPEI Panther Sherone Edwards arrived in Summerside late Tuesday night. Edwards participated in the National Basketball League of Canada combine in August, and was drafted by the Quebec Kebs. He was recently released from Quebec’s training camp.
“I saw Sherone in Toronto, and I liked his game,” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno. “We actually discussed taking him in the draft, but he went a tad early to Quebec in the second round.
“He’s a very big, athletic guard. . . Being an All-Canadian at UPEI, he can play. Now we’re going to see if he can play with the competition we currently have in camp, and see how it goes from there.”
The Storm opens its four-game pre-season schedule at the UPEI Sports Centre on Friday. The Halifax Rainmen will provide the opposition, and a portion of the proceeds will go to minor basketball in Charlottetown.
“Friday night is a pretty big night,” said Salerno. “Certain guys have to play well on Friday, that’s just the nature of the beast.
“We potentially could make some more cuts Saturday before we head to the two-game road trip to Halifax (on Sunday) and Moncton (on Monday).”
“He’s a very big, athletic guard. . . Being an All-Canadian at UPEI, he can play. Now we’re going to see if he can play with the competition we currently have in camp, and see how it goes from there.” Storm head coach Joe Salerno
Salerno said he expects Edwards to play limited minutes on Friday night.
“He has to pick up an awful lot of stuff in two days that guys have been working on for a week,” said Salerno. “We will be practising on Saturday, so that will give him another chance to get acclimated. I would expect him to play some more minutes Sunday.”
Edwards, a former All-Canadian, is the second former Panther at the Storm camp. Doug McKinney of Charlottetown is competing for one of the 12 roster spots, and will also be playing Friday.
“It’s kind of unique having two guys who played all five years together collegiately right here on the Island playing for us this week, and going back to UPEI,” said Salerno. “I’m sure they are excited about it, and I’m sure the fans will be excited about it.”