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The Island Storm made some noise Sunday night during the NBL Canada Draft in Toronto.
The Storm traded their first-round pick in the draft, Brendan Cooper, to the Halifax Rainmen for the rights to six-foot-six Canadian Olu Famutimi while picking up six-foot-five guard Jordan Coleman from Valparaiso University.
Famutimi is from Toronto but played his college basketball at Arkansas University.
With Halifax last season, Famutimi scored over 13 points per game, grabbed over six rebounds to go along with 2.33 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Famutimi had some of his biggest games of the season against the Storm last season, scoring 21, 22, and 23 points in three separate games. Famutimi also played for Canada’s national senior men’s team.
Meanwhile, with the 12th pick in the draft the Storm picked Coleman from North Hollywood, Calif. He played three years of Division 1 basketball, one year at the University of Hawaii and his last two at Valparaiso University in Indiana. In his last year at Valparaiso, Coleman scored over eight points per game while shooting over 41 per cent from the floor, nearly 80 per cent from the foul line, and turning the ball over just 1.2 times per game.
“I am thrilled with the way this year’s draft went for the Island Storm,” said head coach Joe Salerno. “I felt Olu was the top Canadian in the league last season and he had terrific games against our team. I have been in contact with Olu and we will start negotiations with him next week. I am really looking forward to having his experience on the floor and his veteran leadership in the dressing room.”
“Jordan is a very exciting young player. He is explosive, very athletic and can be a great asset in the open floor. Jordan played some very tough competition while at Valparaiso University."
The Storm, last season’s league finalist, opens its regular season at home on Thursday, Nov. 6, against the Saint John Mill Rats.