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The Island Storm have announced the signing of 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward Robert Nortmann, originally from Nassau, Bahamas, on Friday.
The former AUS all-star and two-time champion spent four seasons as a member of the Dalhousie Tigers before turning pro in 2013.
Nortmann, 27, also has some NBL experience dating back to the 2013-2014 campaign, where he played in 32 games with the Halifax Rainmen.
“I always thought he should have seen more playing time when he was with Halifax. He will defend hard every possession, rebound, and get to the loose balls that so many other guys won’t,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno.
With the Tigers he had an impressive stat line; in his final season of AUS basketball he averaged 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot nearly 50 per cent from the field.
“I think this is a really great opportunity for me,” said Nortmann. “My relationship with coach is very good and he’s put a lot of confidence in my ability.”
Already connecting with teammates, in recent weeks Nortmann has been working out with recent Storm signee Terry Thomas, who was his college rival.
“Terry was at STFX and me being at DAL made for quite the rivalry. We’re both in Halifax now and we’re training together. We’re becoming friends rather than rivals.”
A short but travelled professional career, he’s spent one season in Australia and some time with the Harlem Globetrotters before signing with the Storm. Between that he always finds time to run his youth basketball camps.
Looking at what’s ahead, Nortmann is hoping for a good training camp and is eager for his chance to suit up with the Storm on opening night.
“You’ll get a lot of heart, energy and hustle from me. I’ve put a lot of work in and I’m ready for what’s ahead.”