At the inaugural All-Canadian Draft, the Island Storm made three selections, but fans may have to wait a few years to see the picks in a team uniform.
The Storm went local and drafted Tyler Scott, a fifth-year player from the UPEI Panthers, with the fourth overall pick in the NBL’s first-ever Canadian rights draft. The Island also acquired Brad States, who is currently enrolled at Holland College, in the second round.
The newly formed draft is designed to give NBL teams a chance to protect the rights of up-and-coming Canadian hoop stars.
The Storm now owns these player’s rights for the next three years. Should they decide to play pro in the NBL after graduating, the Island can sign them without risk of losing the players to another NBL franchise.
“Tyler Scott was a no brainer for us,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno. “After watching him play over the last couple of seasons at UPEI and seeing what he is capable of, we feel he is a top 10 prospect in the country, and has the potential to be a very good pro. I look forward to watching Tyler’s progress this season as he competes for an AUS Championship with UPEI, and hopefully seeing him in a Storm uniform for the 2017-18 NBL Canada season”
Scott, a 6-foot-3 guard from Halifax, NS, committed to the Panther’s for the 2014-2015 season after two years with the Acadia Axemen.
Last season with UPEI Scott finished third in CIS scoring with 25 points per game to go along with 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, on 45.8 per cent shooting from the field.
In addition to being named to the AUS All-Atlantic First Team, Scott was added to the prestigious CIS All-Canadian Second Team.
As the draft progressed, landing the rights to States was a priority for the Storm and when the 14th pick rolled around Salerno was able to do so.
The 6-foot-6 forward from Bathurst, N.B, spent the last two seasons with UPEI where he averaged 18.1 points and 7.9 rebounds in his final year before transferring. Like Scott, States also played two years at Acadia before UPEI.
Salerno is high on States, and says he could be the steal of the second round. Citing his athleticism and toughness as a key component of his game.
“Retaining the exclusive negotiating rights within the NBL Canada for both Scott and States and is big for us. We feel with another season of university/college basketball under their belts, the upside is through the roof for both of them.”
The former high school Mr. Basketball in New Brunswick was named to the All-Atlantic Division First Team his final year at UPEI.
The Storm also traded the protected player rights of Brian Addison to the Saint John Mill Rats and acquires their seventh overall selection, Kadeem Green.
The 6-foot-9 forward has spent the last three seasons with the Ryerson Rams in his hometown Toronto, averaging 11.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per contest. Prior to joining the Rams he played college ball at Missouri in the NCAA.
Unlike Scott and States, Green has completed his university playing career and Salerno says the Storm plans to pursue him this coming season.
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