Storm adds ‘proven’ scorer
Lewis was NBL’s first-ever draft pick
The Island Storm has added shooting guard Morgan Lewis to its new-look lineup.
The six-foot-four shooting guard was the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada’s first-ever draft pick when the Oshawa Power selected him first overall in 2011. He averaged 17 points per game in his rookie season before helping the London Lightning to a title in 201213. The following season he returned to Oshawa where he averaged 17.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game.
Storm head coach Joe Salerno said Lewis is a veteran scorer the team has been lacking.
“Morgan has proven to be a consistent scorer everywhere he has played, including three seasons here in the NBL,” he said. “He has the uncanny ability to hit big shots in clutch situations, and is a guy who wants the ball in his hands in those moments.”
Lewis left the league after the 2013-14 season to play in Saudi Arabia before retuning to Canada last spring.
“Morgan has worked extremely hard over the last six months to recover from a severe ankle injury,” Salerno said. “I think he is looking forward to getting back out on the floor, and we are looking forward to seeing him out there.”
The Storm added Josiah Turner, Tirrell Baines and George Beaman on Wednesday while releasing Mike Martin, Gary Gibson, Andre Malone, Anthony Simpson, and Raheem Singleton. The team has 13 players but Malcolm Grant is still on the injured reserve list.
The Storm (4-8) is on the road tonight to play the Windsor Express at 8:30 p.m. Atlantic. All four of the new players will be available tonight.
Lewis, a Painesville, Ohio, native, played his college ball at the University of Findlay where he led his club to a perfect 36-0 record and the NCAA Division II championship in his senior year.
Morgan Lewis began his National Basketball League of Canada career with the Oshawa Power.