SUMMERSIDE - Summerside Storm co-owners, Duncan Shaw and Darren MacKay, along with head coach Joe Salerno and assistant coach Mike Leslie are in Toronto this weekend for the National Basketball League of Canada player combine and second annual NBL Draft on Monday night.
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Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw.
This is a big draft year for the Storm as they have five picks over the first three rounds with two in the first round, one in the second, and two more picks in the third round. The Storm will have the Halifax Rainmen's pick in rounds 1 and 3 coming from the trade last year which sent Storm forward Troy Gottselig to Halifax.
The NBL Draft weekend starts this morning with Canadian residents only strutting their stuff for the assembled league coaches. Sunday features non-Canadian residents, which is now sold out. The actual draft takes place Monday evening beginning at 8 and the Storm will be hosting a Draft Party at Credit Union Place in Summerside with the doors opening at 7:15 p.m.
The Storm's best pick in the NBL Draft last year proved to be 6'8" forward Chris Cayole, a 3-point specialist, who was picked in the second round and ninth overall. The Storms first pick last year, second overall, was 6'4" guard Justin Garris who played 10 games for the team last season.
"This is an exciting weekend for our organization," says coach Salerno." Having five picks in this year's draft is really giving us an opportunity to upgrade our roster from last season. It will be interesting to see what this year's combine brings. Hopefully we can find another talent similar to a Chris Cayole."
The NBL Draft is an important piece in building a successful franchise as last year's player combine and draft produced four NBL All-stars, Rookie of the Year, and All-star game MVP.
The Storm, the Island's professional basketball franchise, is gearing up for its second season in the NBL. Season ticket options along with ticket prices will be released Monday evening during the Storm Draft Party.
Storm training camp opens Oct. 15 with the team's first exhibition game scheduled for Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. against the Moncton Miracles. The Storm's first regular season home game is Nov. 2 at the Credit Union Place in Summerside when they host the Saint John Mill Rats.