© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Island Storm’s Antonio Ballard defends against Halifax Rainmen’s Jason Williams during a recent NBL of Canada playoff game in Charlottetown.
Three Island Storm players were named to the National Basketball League of Canada Atlantic Division all-star team on Monday.
Shooting guard Nick Okorie and small forward Antonio Ballard were tagged as starters, while forward Dwayne Smith will help man the reserves.
All will lace up for the Atlantic Division squad when it faces the Central Division all-stars as part of the all-star weekend April 19 to 20 in Charlottetown.
Ballard is leading the Storm in scoring (21.84 points per game) and rebounding (9.96) while Okorie is second in scoring at 18.39 per game, as it battles the Windsor Express in the league final.
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. Game 3 is Wednesday, at
7 p.m., at Eastlink Centre.
Storm head coach Joe Salerno with guide the Atlantic Division squad, which includes starters Anthony Anderson (guard, Saint John Mill Rats) and centre Tim Parham and forward Jason Williams from the Halifax Rainmen.
Smith is one of three Canadians on the team. The others are reserves Olu Famutimi of the Rainmen and Cordell Jeanty of the Moncton Miracles.
Doug Herring of the Mill Rats and Johnny Mayhane of Moncton round out the Atlantic team.
Stanley Robinson of Moncton was nominated but is injured and won't play. Miracles teammate Trayvon Lathan was nominated, too, but is playing overseas.
The Central Division all-star starters are guard Stefan Bonneau and forward Chris Commons from the Express, guard Cedric Moodie and forward Cavell Johnson from the Brampton A’s, and Canadian forward Garrett Williamson of the London Lightning.
Central head coach is Bill Jones of the Express.
Reserves are forward Morgan Lewis and Canadian guard Alex Johnson of the Mississauga Power, guard Ryan Anderson (Ottawa SkyHawks), centre Jermaine Johnson (London/Ottawa), and Canuck forward Kevin Loiselle (Windsor).
Ottawa guard Justin Tubbs was nominated but is also playing overseas.
The team’s coaches nominated the players. Each team includes three Canadians and every team in the league is represented by at least one player.