Storm signs former AUS all-star Nortmann

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Robert Nortmann has signed with the Island Storm for the 2015-16 National Basketball League of Canada season.

A former Dalhousie Tigers forward is coming to the Island Storm training camp next month looking to impress and suit up on opening night.

Robert Nortmann, a six-foot-nine, 230-pound forward from Nassau, Bahamas, was an Atlantic University Sport all-star, who spent four seasons with the Tigers before turning pro in 2013. He averaged 14.6 points and 6.4 rebounds his final season with the Tigers.

"You'll get a lot of heart, energy and hustle from me," he said. "I've put a lot of work in and I'm ready for what's ahead."

The Storm announced the signing of Nortmann, who would qualify for one of the team's required four Canadians on its roster, on Friday as it gears up for the 2015-15 National Basketball League of Canada season.

The 27-year-old Nortmann played 32 games for the Halifax Rainmen in 2013-14.

"I always thought he should have seen more playing time when he was with Halifax," said Storm coach Joe Salerno. "He will defend hard every possession, rebound, and get to the loose balls that so many other guys won't."

Nortmann said the Storm provided a great opportunity for him.

"My relationship with coach is very good and he's put a lot of confidence in my ability," he said.

Nortmann has been working out with recent Storm signee Terry Thomas, a former college rival from his St. F.X. days.

"We're both in Halifax now and we're training together. We're becoming friends rather than rivals," Nortmann said.

Nortmann spent one season in Australia and some time with as a development player with the Harlem Globetrotters before signing with the Storm.

Factbox:

Roster

A look at the players the Island Storm has announced that will be attending training camp in December.

Guards

Rashad Whack

Malcolm Grant

Andre Malone

Kenny Otieno

Gary Gibson

Billy Rush

Forwards

Terry Thomas

Mike Martin

Pierre Henderson-Niles

Ike Azotam

Robert Nortmann

Centres

Nick Evans

Organizations: Dalhousie Tigers, Atlantic University Sport, National Basketball League of Canada Harlem Globetrotters

Geographic location: Nassau, Halifax, Bahamas Australia

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