Daanish is a former member of the Oshawa Power
Power forward Amani Daanish is the latest player added to the Island Storm's training camp roster, pending FIBA clearance.
Daanish, a six-foot, eight-inch, 220-pound Los Angeles native, graduated from Indiana State University in 2005 where he averaged 11.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.5 per cent from the floor in his senior year.
Joe Salerno, Storm head coach, said Daanish is a hardworking player who will be a great team player for the franchise.
“He is a tremendous athlete, and a veteran who can bring a lot of overseas experience to our ball club,” said Salerno in a release. “The best way I could describe Amani Daanish would be a defensive end in a pair of basketball shorts. I love his aggressive style of play, his relentless work ethic on the floor, and his versatility. He will fit right in with our ball club.”
Daanish was drafted by the Oshawa Power 12th overall in the 2012 National Basketball League of Canada entry draft and played 12 games with the team before leaving in December to play Division 1 ball in Iraq.
In Iraq, Daanish averaged 40 minutes of play, 19 points, 12.5 rebounds, five steals, four assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
During his stint with the Power, Daanish averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 45 per cent from the floor and 78 per cent from the foul line.
“I’m looking to bring the same leadership I had with the Oshawa Power to the Island Storm. I am confident coach Salerno has put together a strong nucleus of players that each should contribute to a championship season,” said Daanish, who has also played in Japan, Iceland and Finland, and has worked out with the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers, and the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA.
The Storm opens training camp in mid-October and will play exhibition games versus the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday, Oct. 25, at UPEI, and against the Halifax Rainmen Sunday, Oct. 27, in Halifax.