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The Island Storm have announced the signing of Carlos Emory, a dynamic forward who played collegiate basketball with the Oregon Ducks and won two professional championships in Puerto Rico.
Emory, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Minneapolis, Min., will join the team for training camp in December.
“I’m ready. I’ve been ready. I can’t wait to get out on the court in Canada and show everyone what I’m about,” said Emory.
With two years at Oregon he spent one season as a starter and one season as the team’s sixth man. In his final season Emory averaged 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and shot the ball 52.2 per cent from the field. That same year his Ducks team made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 and lost to the eventual tournament winners, the Louisville Cardinals.
After his time with the Ducks he was a first-round draft pick to the Puerto Rican BSN league where he spent two seasons with Leones de Ponce where we won two championships.
"Carlos is a winner. He has won championships at virtually every level he has played at, including a PAC 12 Championship while at Oregon, and championships in a very tough BSN league in Puerto Rico,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno.
Travelled is a word that comes to mind when describing the 24-year-old.
The Island’s newest forward has played professional basketball in four different countries and believes he will be a difference maker for the Storm.
“Playing all over the world has made me who I am. I’ve learned that no matter how good you are you have to wait your turn.”
Salerno believes Emory will be the difference maker for his club.
“He has a ton of experience at still a very young age. I believe he will bring not only his athleticism and toughness, but also a bit of a swagger and competitive edge that you need to win in this league.”
Emory’s season in South America wrapped up in June, since then he has been working out with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I’ve become friends with Andrew Wiggins since we’ve been working out together. I even did an Adidas commercial with him,” he laughed.
So with an elite NCAA resume, a few championships under his belt, and NBA connections; what can Storm fans expect?
“110 per cent. Each play you’ll get 110 per cent from me. Fans and teammates can expect a leader out of me.”
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