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Island Storm forward Lillard named NBL's top rookie

Island Storm guard Antwon Lillard, right, takes a shot as Moncton Magic forward Billy White goes for the block during the first game of the 2019-20 National Basketball League of Canada regular season Thursday at the Eastlink Centre.
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Island Storm guard Antwon Lillard, right, takes a shot as Moncton Magic forward Billy White goes for the block during the first game of the 2019-20 National Basketball League of Canada regular season Thursday at the Eastlink Centre. Jason Malloy/The Guardian - Jason Malloy
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Antwon Lillard of the Island Storm is the National Basketball League of Canada rookie of the year.

The six-foot-six forward averaged 15.5 points, eight rebounds and 2.6 assists per games while starting 18 of the 22 games he played for the Storm. He was fifth in the league in rebounds and second among rookies.

Storm head coach Tim Kendrick was thrilled by the news, calling Lillard a great player, competitor and teammate.

“Antwon is a very talented player with a strong work ethic. I believe he is very deserving of this prestigious award,” he said. “What impresses me most about Antwon is his desire to be coached and willingness to learn, as well as his very positive and professional attitude, which is somewhat rare for first-year pros.”

The Bowling Green product was one of only four players in the league to average 15 points and eight rebounds. Teammate Robbie Robinson was one of the other three.

Lillard is the second member of the Storm to win the award. Guard Rashad Whack received the honour in 2014-15.

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