By Thomas Becker | Oct. 17, 2017
CHARLOTTETOWN - Wayne McCullough is searching for redemption and after inking a new deal with the Island Storm, he’ll get every opportunity to do so.
The six-foot-five shooting guard had a tough stint in his first season as a member of the Storm, dealing with injuries that limited him to just 15 games.
“It was a difficult year, but I always try to stay positive about it,” McCullough said. “I look back on it and I learned a lot and it helped me look forward to this season.”
Injuries aside, no one can question the guard’s talent and it’s a big reason why the Storm gave him another chance to show what he’s made of.
“This is definitely the hardest I’ve worked for something I’ve wanted this bad.”
For the Hockley, Texas native, it’s an opportunity he won’t take for granted.
“This is a big season for me, both mentally and physically,” he said. “I had a bitter taste in my mouth about the way last season ended, but after talking with my mentors they helped me understand it was a learning experience.”
Last season’s numbers with the Storm – 3.7 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game – don’t clearly reflect the skills the 23-year-old possesses. In the college ranks, the marksman improved his stats each year and in 2015-16 put together his best campaign for the Colorado Christian University Cougars, averaging 13.8 points per game on 49 per cent shooting. But where he makes the biggest impact is beyond the arc, where he shot 38.7 per cent, while draining 1.5 threes a night.
“I love being called a shooter,” he said. “Someone once told me, you have to know your job and do it well. I put up thousands and thousands of shots this summer and I’ve become a lot more consistent and a lot more deadly.”
Under head coach Tim Kendrick’s free-flowing, aggressive offence, McCullough could figure to be a reliable sharpshooter in run outs and drive and kick scenarios, something he was familiar with in college.
“One thing we like is shooters and this kid can definitely shoot,” Kendrick said.
With training camp on the horizon, a healthy McCullough has been working tirelessly on his game and is eager to get started in an attempt to earn a spot on the opening day roster.
“If you put the mixture of me in transition, me in the half court, with my size and athleticism, I think I’m a pretty hard person to guard.”
With a lot riding on the season ahead, McCullough’s looking forward to his return to the Island and embracing the support he’s received from the community and organization.
“The Island has been a home away from home for me,” he said. “I felt wanted here and I have some unfinished business to take care of.”
Catch McCullough and the rest of the Storm in action Nov. 18 in Charlottetown when the Island plays host to the St. John's Edge. Fans can purchase season tickets at the box office or can get more information by clicking here.