By Jordan Ramsay | Nov. 16, 2016
The Island Storm announced Wednesday the signing of its former guard Shawn Vanzant for the upcoming season.
Vanzant was a member of the 2013-14 Storm team that went to Game 7 of the NBL Canada Finals.
“Shawn has been a rock solid player in the NBL for some time now, including being an integral piece in our 2014 Finals run, said Storm coach Joe Salerno.
The coach admits he wanted Vanzant last season, but Moncton possessed his rights after averaging 14.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game for the Miracles during the 2014-15 season.
When Vanzant’s name was omitted from the protected players list, he was an immediate target for Salerno.
“He is as consistent a player as anyone in this league and we look forward to seeing him back in a Storm uniform this season.”
It turns out feelings were mutual between Vanzant and the island.
“I love the organization and falling short in 2014 was hard. I’m here to right that wrong so it was a no-brainer to sign here again.”
Vanzant resume includes back-to-back appearances in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA National Championship games as a member of the Butler Bulldogs.
“Competing in a program like Butler’s is every kids’ dream.”
After his college success, Vanzant made the jump to the NBA D-League where he played for the Springfield Armour in 2012.
“It was a different style of play. You’re playing against NBA players.”
The six-foot-one guard began his NBL Canada career after being selected by the Storm ninth overall in the 2013 NBL Draft.
Now entering his third season in the league, he says playing smart defensively is a newfound priority. He’s also looking to make his teammates better in hopes of getting the Storm into the postseason.
“All I care about is winning. Let’s get it done this year.”