Johnny Mayhane played in the NBL of Canada all-star game earlier this year in Charlottetown.
The Island Storm has landed the National Basketball League of Canada’s fourth-leading scorer from 2013-14.
The team announced the signing of Johnny Mayhane, who was a league all-star last season with the Moncton Miracles, on Thursday.
“He is a game changer,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno. “There was not a single player in the NBL last season that we had to adjust our entire defensive game plan around more than Johnny Mayhane.”
Mayhane, a six-foot-five guard from Mobile, Ala., scored 20.6 points per game last season. He was on the Miracles’ protected list, but the sides did not come terms before Sunday’s deadline. The Storm offered him a contract and Moncton did not match it.
“In my mind this was the final piece to the puzzle to complete this training camp,” Salerno said. “He has a great feel for the game, and it is no secret in our league how dangerous he is from the three-point line. He has tremendous range, which can make him a very difficult guard. This is exactly the guy we wanted, and we got him.”
The Storm hopes Mayhane can help replace some of the scoring it lost when Antonio Ballard and Nick Okorie opted not to return this season.
“When you are able to get a guy like that, complimented with the some of the other great talent we have such as Brandon Robinson and Renardo Sidney just to name a few, it can make for a very, very dangerous ball club,” Salerno said.
Robinson averaged 24.5 points per game two years ago for the Storm.
Mayhane played four years at Tulane University in Louisiana, averaging 6.4 points per game and shooting better than 41 per cent from the three-point line in his senior year.
Season tickets for the upcoming season, which starts Nov. 6 in Charlottetown at Eastlink Centre against the Saint John Mill Rats, are on sale. Single game tickets go on sale Oct. 6.
For details on tickets visit the Eastlink Centre Box Office, Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or phone the box office at 902-629-6625.
Position – Guard
Size – Six-foot-five, 195 pounds
GP Pts/G Reb/G A/G FG% 3Pt%
44 20.6 3.8 1.9 35.8 35.2
Did you know?
– Mayhane made 138 baskets from behind the three-point arc, good for second in the league.
– He was eighth in the league in steals with 1.5 per game and foul shooting at better than 85 per cent.