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Nick Evans has left the Island Storm to attend post secondary education in the United States.
Evans informed the team of his decision earlier in the week. Storm coach Joe Salerno was disappointed with the news.
“I believe our organization has done a lot for Nick over the past 3-4 years, so obviously it's disappointing he is deciding to pursue other things at the mid-way point of our season.”
Evans has been with the team on-and-off since its second season. The 6-foot-11 centre was recruited as a role player by Salerno but eventually worked his way into the starting lineup.
“At this point in my life I feel it is best for me to step away from the game I love and reach towards new goals,” said Evans. “This decision was very hard to make and I'm truly sorry for letting the Storm family down. I'm grateful for what this Island community has done for me and my family.”
Evans will be placed on the team’s inactive roster, with the Island still reserving his player rights if he ever made an NBL return.
The Storm is now left with a big hole to fill; one Salerno hopes other guys will fill in the interim.
“We will ask for big minutes from Tirell Baines, Brian Addison and Robert Nortmann over the next couple games until we can find a replacement for Nick.”
But the coach says his team will be able to move on and ultimately get better as the season progresses.
“We have had our ups and downs this first half of the season, but I am confident we will be playing our best basketball at the right time.”
The Storm organization wishes Nick, his wife Tasha, and their son Benny the best moving forward.
The Island is next in action this Sunday at 2PM as the Moncton Miracles come to town. A large crowd is expected at the game so please purchase tickets early. Click here to buy tickets online.