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Fans know him as a highlight reel dunker and lights-out shooter, but this season Billy Rush said he would be much more than just that.
“Fans can expect a more well rounded Billy Rush this year,” he said.
The Island Storm have announced the re-signing of the 6-foot-7, 200-pound shooting forward on Monday.
“But I don’t want there to be any confusion, fans will still get lots of big dunks,” he joked.
Rush, 27, spent 34 games with the Storm last season and was often a member of the team’s starting five. He averaged 10 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and shot the ball 53.8 per cent from the field while hitting more than 40 per cent of his shots from downtown.
“Billy had a tremendous season for us last year, and we are looking for the more of the same this season. He was one of the top three-point shooters in the NBL. When you pair that with his ridiculous athleticism and his high basketball IQ, he makes for a very dangerous player,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno.
The Chicago, Ill native is entering his second season with the Storm and his sixth year of professional basketball. Following a two-year career at Robert Morris University, Rush attended NBA workouts with the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, where he was ultimately invited to participate in the team’s training camp.
He then went to the NBA D-League where he played 14 games with the Tulsa 66ers.
The following two seasons Rush went overseas to play Germany Pro-A with the Finke Baskets Paderborn and the Science City Jena. In his time with Jena he averaged 10.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and shot the ball 53.2 per cent from the field.
Rush chose the Storm because of its fans and success.
“We had a great chance to win it all last season and we fell short. The fans are great on the Island, they deserve this.”
Rush has high hopes for this year’s team.
“From looking at the roster so far it seems like we’ll have an athletic and exciting team. It could be a great season.”
To conclude the interview, Rush insisted the following be added to the release:
“I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of Ralph (Manning). I loved the training room because of him. He’ll forever be in our hearts.”