Point guard Derek (D.C.) Coleman has been added to the Island Storm's 2013-14 training camp roster.
Since 2007, the Dorchester, Mass., native, has played professionally in Holland and Germany. Last season with the Crailsheim Merlins of the pro A division he averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.
"I am very honoured to have an opportunity to play for the Island Storm organization. I can't wait to get to the Island and meet the fans. I am extremely excited to help lead the team to a winning season," Coleman said in a release.
Coleman was a four-time state champion with Charlestown High School in Boston, going 107-7 in his four-year high school career. He earned State of Massachusetts high school player of the year awards in 2002 and 2003.
He become a three-year starter at Robert Morris University in the NCAA's North East Conference and scored more than 1,000 points for the Colonials in his career, averaging 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 38 minutes per game in his senior season.
Coleman was named to the NEC all-rookie team in 2004, and led Robert Morris to an NEC semifinal berth in 2006.
Joe Salerno, Storm head coach, said the five-foot-11, 185-pound Coleman is a big piece to add for the Storm's title push.
"Derek is a high energy guy who understands what it takes to win. He is a fierce competitor and a proven leader. I saw D.C. play at the Hart Sports Management camp in Las Vegas this past July, there were over 200 players there and no one stood out like Derek," said Salerno in a release. "He is a tremendous on-ball defender, with the quickness and strength to really wreak some havoc on opposing teams' point guards this season. On the other side of the ball, he is an absolute general. He runs the show, and makes everyone around him a better player."
The Storm will hold two intra-squad games during training camp in mid-October, and one home exhibition game at UPEI.
The Storm's regular season begins at home Saturday, Nov. 2, versus the Saint John Mill Rats. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Eastlink Centre.