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Island Storm fans can look forward to another year of emphatic dunks and hustle plays.
The team announced Tuesday that 6-foot-8; 230-pound forward Mike Martin would be returning to the club and will arrive on P.E.I. for training camp in December.
“Mike Martin was a huge part of our team’s success last season,” said coach Joe Salerno. “He brought a lot of toughness and heart to our ball club, and we will look for more of the same from him this season.”
The 30-year-old Chicago, Ill native spent 33 games with the Storm last year. In that time he averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, with a 52.1 per cent two-point field goal average in just under 27 minutes per game.
“I’m thankful for the chance to come back and play on such a gorgeous Island,” said Martin.
He spoke about the intense support the team gets on and off the court from Islanders.
“Those fans are off the chains. Incredible.”
Martin is well traveled; since leaving his college Chico St. in 2008, he has played in South America, Africa, and Australia.
The experience may come in handy.
“It takes a lot of time to adjust and find your spot in a new system. Now I understand how things are done here. You have to trust the process.”
Salerno is hoping Martin can be a leader on the team.
“It can be extremely difficult to find players who posses the size, strength and athleticism with the skill set that Mike has. He fits our ball club to the T. We will look for him to play an even larger role on the offensive end this season.”
A few weeks after the 2014-2015 Storm campaign wrapped up, Martin took his talents to Mexico. In eight games with the Pioneros de Los Mochis he averaged a double-double of 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Next for Martin was a trip home to Los Angeles to play in the Drew League, which is known as one of the best summer Pro-Am leagues in the world.
“I had a chance to play for Commissioner (David) Magley and I guarded Nick Young (LA Lakers forward). It was quite the experience.”
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, Martin has one focus: a championship.
“This franchise has a history of winning, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to help them win.”
Storm fans are also reminded that this Thursday at 4pm is the last chance to purchase season tickets and be enetered to win passes to see Jann Arden perfrom at the Confederation Centre. For more information click here.