St. John’s Edge get some more do­mes­tic help

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The St. John’s Edge have added a fourth player to their ros­ter for the 2018-19 Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League of Canada sea­son, but in this case, it’s a new­comer.

Gatineau, Que., na­tive Kevin Zabo has signed a one-year con­tract with the Edge. A point guard, the 6-2, 180-pound Zabo spent the last two years with NCAA Divi­sion 1 Kent State Uni­ver­sity. Last sea­son, in 34 games with the Golden Flashes, Zabo av­er­aged 13 points, 3.2 re­bounds and 2.4 as­sists while play­ing nearly 29 min­utes per game.

In 2016-17, his first at Kent State, Zabo was part of a team that cap­tured the Mid-At­lantic Con­fer­ence (MAC) cham­pi­onship, earn­ing a berth in the NCAA tour­na­ment, where the Flashes lost to Lonzo Ball and the UCLA Bru­ins in the first round.

Zabo had 12 points off the bench in that game. Af­ter play­ing at the Amer­i­can prep schools, the 22-year-old Zabo be­gan his col­le­giate ca­reer at San Diego State Uni­ver­sity, but trans­ferred to an Iowa com­mu­nity col­lege af­ter one year be­fore join­ing Kent State. St. John’s has al­ready re-signed guards Des­mond Lee and Jar­ryn Skeete, while Edge star and NBL Canada MVP Carl English re­cently an­nounced he’ll play an­other sea­son. Skeete, English and now Zabo all are Cana­di­ans, which helps St. John’s with re­gards to meet­ing the NBL Canada re­quire­ment that teams have a min­i­mum five do­mes­tic play­ers on their 12-man ac­tive ros­ters.

Both English, who is the Edge’s in­terim gen­eral man­ager, and new head coach Doug Plumb have said that de­vel­op­ing Cana­dian depth on the team is one of their chief off­sea­son goals.

For­ward cen­tre Grandy Glaze and guard Alex John­son are other Cana­di­ans who were with St. John’s in its first sea­son. Nei­ther have re­signed, but both are on the Edge’s off-sea­son pro­tected list. Zabo would also help ad­dress a hole cre­ated when point guard Coron Wil­liams, an im­por­tant player for the Edge over the last half of their in­au­gu­ral cam­paign, signed with a team in Ar­gentina.

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