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He’s had a taste of success and now Gary Gibson can’t get enough.
“You need to tell yourself each day you’re going to be a champion, I’m telling myself the Storm will be champions.”
The Island Storm announced Tuesday the signing of 6-foot-2, 190-pound, point guard Gary Gibson, who is a former NBL champion from his days with the Windsor Express.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Gibson spent last season as a starter on the Express where he averaged 7.1 points, 4 assists, and shot nearly 80 per cent from the free throw line. Gibson had similar numbers in college playing for Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Conference. In the 2007-2008 campaign he started for the school in 30 games.
“Gary is a big time free agent signing for us, one we have been working on since early July when I spoke with him at a combine in Las Vegas, so you can imagine how happy we were when he decided to sign with us,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno.
Salerno feels experience and a winning pedigree will guide Gibson into a leading role on the team.
“He is an extremely steady hand in the backcourt, a veteran who is about playing the right way, and winning. It always helps when you can bring someone into camp who has won a title in the league.”
Gibson, 28, has played pro basketball since 2011 when he joined the San Diego Sol before going to play in Germany. In his first year in Germany he averaged 23.5 points per game and won a championship with another team in the country the next season. Following two years overseas he went home to play for the Express, where he ultimately won a championship this April.
Gibson’s resume is stacked - from defending Portland Trail Blazer’s guard Damian Lillard in college, to multiple championships - but he says that’s behind him.
“I always look to prove myself and improve myself. This is a great opportunity for me to start fresh and I look to take full advantage.”
Gibson has vague memories of P.E.I. from playing on the Island once last season, but in December he will call the Gentle Island home.
“From what I remember it’s a nice community. Everyone embraces the team and I’m really excited to play for the Storm fans.”