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The Island Storm made an early splash at the 2015 NBL of Canada draft Saturday night.
The Island has landed former Storm forward Dwayne Smith and the sixth overall pick in a trade with the Moncton Miracles. The Storm will send forward Cordell Jeanty and the second overall pick in tonight’s draft to the Miracles.
Coach Joe Salerno, who’s in Ontario for the draft, is very pleased with the outcome of the trade.
“We’re extremely excited to get the rights to Dwayne Smith,” said Salerno. “He was an interval part of our finals run two years ago. He’s a blue-collar guy and a fan favourite and a great fit for our organization both on and off the basketball court.”
Salerno also said it was a tough decision to let Jenaty go and wished to thank him for his time and dedication to the Storm organization.
Smith spent the entire 2013-2014 campaign with the Storm and was instantly a favourite among fans. In 57 games Smith averaged 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds while playing 14.8 minutes per contest.
The 26-year-old Toronto native spent last season with Moncton and was part of the team’s protected list coming into this season. Before going pro Smith had a four-year college career at George Washington University.
The Storm hope to come to terms with Smith and officially sign him within the coming days.
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