The Island Storm has added another big body to its growing training camp roster.
Steve Tchiengang, a six-foot-nine, 250-pound centre from Cameroon, Africa, is expected to help bolster the Storm’s defence.
"Steve may have more upside than any player attending our training camp,” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno, noting his size and mobility. “He will be a big defensive presence for us in the paint this season, and someone who can also step out and stretch the floor for us. He is a great pickup for our team."
Tchiengang played 126 games during his four years at Vanderbilt University in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He averaged 3.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in his senior season, when the Commodores won the conference championship.
“He played at an extremely high level for four years at Vanderbilt in the SEC, and just has a great feel for the game,” Salerno said.
The Santa Cruz Warriors drafted Tchiengang in the fifth round (77th overall) during last year's NBA D-League draft. After being released by the Warriors in November, Tchiengang was signed by Al Jaysh Army SC Doha in Qatar's first division where he averaged 6.3 points and 10.6 rebounds while shooting 55 per cent from the floor.
The Storm opens its training camp in mid-October. It has an exhibition game at UPEI on Friday, Oct. 25 against the Saint John Mill Rats. The Storm will travel to Halifax to play the Rainmen on Sunday, Oct. 27.