Stewart gets leave from teaching job
The Island Storm’s all-time leader in points, assists, steals and minutes played will be coming back for his third season, pending FIBA clearance.
Al Stewart, a five-foot-10 point guard from Chicago and an National Basketball League of Canada third team all-star last season, is coming off his best campaign with the Storm.
Stewart is the league’s all-time leader in steals (160), ranks second in assists (498), and 11th in rebounding (377).
“It was great news to hear Al would be able to return for his third season with the Storm,” said head coach Joe Salerno. “He is the definition of a leader, someone who truly cares about this franchise and all of its fans. Al is a guy who leads by example on and off the floor.
“He has been a top-three point guard in this league the last two seasons and I expect nothing less from him this season. Getting Al back is the first step in getting back to the NBL finals.”
The captain was named an Atlantic Division all-star in 2012-13, as well as the NBL’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Starting 43 games for the Storm last season, Stewart was ranked in the top five in the NBL in assists (third), steals (fifth) and field goal percentage (fifth).
Stewart left the team late last season for a full-time teaching position in Chicago.
Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw told The Guardian Monday night Stewart and the school board’s administration agreed to allow him another one-year leave to to come back to Prince Edward Island this fall.
“We’re just thrilled to have him (back),” Shaw said.