SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Storm of the National Basketball League of Canada, presented by Rogers Communications, announced the five players the team has protected for the upcoming season.
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Al Stewart of the Summerside Storm shoots a free throw during a National Basketball League of Canada game at EastLink Arena last season.
The protected players include last year’s NBL First-Team All-Star and First-Team All-Defensive team member Mike Williams; First-Team All-Defensive team member Al Stewart; Canadian and three-point specialist Chris Cayole; point guard Eric Gilchrese, and small forward Louie McCroskey.
Among league leaders
Statistically, Williams was among the league leaders in scoring, field-goal percentage and rebounding in Year 1 of the league. He will be an important cog for the Storm during the 2012-13 season.
Stewart also had a big year for the Storm as he was among the league leaders in assists and steals.
Cayole, while injured for over half the season, shot almost 50 per cent from the three-point line.
Both Gilchrese and McCroskey were also solid contributors for the Storm while also proving to be among the fan favourites.
Strong fan base
The Storm had a successful season building a strong fan base among Islanders. The team made well over 100 community visits, helping raise over $20,000 for non-profit organizations that all led to over 50,000 fans coming to EastLink Arena in Summerside to watch Prince Edward Island’s first pro basketball team compete during its first season of operation.
Training camp is expected to begin in October, with the NBL of Canada’s regular season starting later that month or early November.
Storm season tickets are expected to go on sale within another month.
The Storm will be running four basketball camps across Prince Edward Island this summer, with the first from July 9 to 12 at Westisle Composite High School in Elmsdale.
The next camp is at Birchwood Intermediate Junior High in Charlottetown from July 23 to 26, and then at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside from Aug. 6 to 9. The final camp goes at Souris Regional High School from Aug. 20 to 23.