Storm adds ‘proven’ scorer

Lewis was NBL’s first-ever draft pick

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

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Mor­gan Lewis be­gan his Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League of Canada ca­reer with the Oshawa Power.

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