Centre averaged nearly 18 points and seven boards during last year's playoff run
The Storm's big man is back.
Antoine Tisby, a six-foot-eight, 245-pound centre will be returning to P.E.I. for his second season with the Island Storm.
The Kansas City native joined the Storm in early February last season following his release from the Halifax Rainmen. He proved to be an immediate impact and a key contributor in the Storm's run to the league final.
Tisby, who averaged 15 points and six rebounds during the regular season, took his game to new heights in the post season, averaging 17.7 points and seven rebounds per game.
"Tis was really the final piece to the puzzle for us last season — that pushed us over the top and into the NBL finals,” said coach Joe Salerno.
“In my opinion, he was the best pure low-post scorer in the NBL last season, and we will look to him to be as productive this year. He is a veteran who understands his role and cares about winning over individual accolades.”
Following his season with the Storm, Tisby signed with the Otaga OceanaGold Nuggets in New Zealand's NBL. He averaged 17.5 points, nine rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game and was named the player of the year.
He has also played in Chile, Germany, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador and Canada.
Tisby is the fifth returning player the Storm has announced this season. The others are Al Stewart, Antonio Ballard, Nick Evans and Charlottetown native Doug McKinney.
“It was important for us to sign that low-post threat, which in turn should help free up some of the very talented perimeter players we have been able to sign,” Salerno said.
The Storm is scheduled to open training camp in mid-October.