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As the trade deadline fast approaches, the Island Storm has been busy making moves to acquire a former fan favourite and completed a trade focused on adding depth to the roster.
The team announced Monday it has come to terms with shooting guard Rashad Whack, who is expected to arrive on the Island in the coming weeks.
Whack, a 6-foot-3 product from Mount Saint Mary's University, was in a Storm uniform from 2014-16 and won the NBL Rookie of the Year honour during his tenure on PEI.
The team also announced it has traded guard Nick Okorie to the Niagara River Lions for power forward Mike Allison and a future second round pick in the All-Canadian draft.
Okorie rejoined the Storm this season after spending last year in London with the Lightning. Storm coach Joe Salerno said making the move was tough decision but one he needed to make.
“Unfortunately Nick violated a team policy that impacted the decision to make this trade. We certainly wish Nick the best moving forward with the River Lions.”
As for the Storm’s newest big man, he hails from Lynden, ON and spent four years at the University of Maine. Last season in Niagara he averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He is currently on the Injured Reserve but is expected to return to the court shortly.
“Mike Allison is one of the more underrated Canadian bigs in the NBL,” said Salerno. “He is extremely athletic for being 6-foot-9, and takes pride in defending, rebounding and protecting the rim.”
With the re-signing of Whack, the team adds a player who started in 31 games and averaged better than 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in the 2015-16 campaign.
Salerno is glad to have Whack back in the fold and hopes he can make an immediate impact.
“Rashad is a team-first guy, who has continued to improve in his still very young career. He will bring a high character and winning attitude to the club.
After the 2015-16 Storm season concluded, Whack signed a deal to play in Switzerland and has led the league in scoring with over 22 points per game.
Whack had several memorable moments while in a Storm uniform, including multiple Discover KIA Player of the Week honours and becoming one of the youngest players in team history to receive a starting role.