Vanzant out of Butler first player selected by P.E.I. basketball team
The Charlottetown-based Storm selected three guards at the National Basketball League of Canada draft Monday night in Markham, Ont.
With their ninth overall pick, the Storm selected six-foot Shawn Vanzant out of Butler University.
Vanzant played in two NCAA Final Fours while with Butler.
In the second round, the Storm took five-foot-nine point guard Ryan Martin with the 19th overall pick.
Martin, a native of Maine, comes out of Keene State University, where he led the nation in free throw shooting at 96 per cent as a junior.
The Storm’s final pick came in the third round, 28th overall, where it selected six-foot-one Justin Leemow, who played his university basketball at North Carolina Central.
“We’re really pleased,” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno. “We got a player from a great college program at Butler in Shawn, who’s been in an NCAA Final Four, so you know he’s a proven competitor.
“We think Ryan was the best shooter in the draft. And we were so impressed with Jason’s playmaking ability we talked about taking him in the first round, so we were thrilled to see him still available in the third round.”
Also at the draft, former UPEI Panther Manock Lual went 11th overall to his hometown Ottawa SkyHawks, an expansion team.
Over 180 players competed over the weekend to be chosen as draft-eligible by league head coaches.
A total of 29 players were selected in the draft.
Other details on the draft were not available.
Storm hosts the Saint John Mill Rats on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Civic Centre to open the 2013-2014 season.