The Island Storm continued its pre-season signing frenzy Friday by inking Jamarcus Ellis to the training camp roster, pending FIBA clearance.
Ellis, a six-foot-five 195-pound small forward, was named the national junior college player of the year in the United States in 2007 as a rookie with Chipola Junior College and went on to play at the University of Indiana in the NCAA.
He was also drafted by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the third round (44th overall) of the 2009 NBA D-League draft.
Joe Salerno, Storm head coach, said Ellis, a Chicago. Ill., native, is a rare find.
“Jamarcus Ellis is a talent that only comes around every so often. He was a tremendous find for us while we were in Chicago this summer. Al Stewart has played on the same summer league team as him for quite some time now, and had been telling us Jamarcus was a guy we had to come look at," said Salerno.
“He has an off-the-charts IQ for the game, with all the physical attributes to go along with it. I think Jamarcus could be a big-time impact player in the NBL, and he is now ready to really start his professional career. We are excited to have him on board.”
The Storm open training camp in mid-October. The first exhibition game is against the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday, Oct. 25, at UPEI.