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By Carson Deveau
The Storm is bringing back its 2015-2016 postseason scoring leader with the re-signing of former CIS all-star Terry Thomas.
Thomas said the decision to re-sign with the Storm was an easy one because he quickly fell in love with PEI last season.
“Honestly, PEI feels like a second home to me. I love it here on the Island.”
The love is mutual; the 6-foot-4 swingman was a force for the Storm, averaging 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game during the 40 games he played last season.
Thomas, originally from East Preston, Nova Scotia, played three seasons for the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men.
While at StFX, Thomas was one of the top players in AUS, earning a second-team CIS All-Star award after the 2011-2012 season.
After his time StFX Thomas went to the nation’s capital and played for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. He then travelled to Germany where he played professionally for one season.
Another factor in Thomas deciding to return to the Storm was his relationship with coach Joe Salerno. The shooting guard said the two were in touch all summer.
Salerno expects bigger, and better, things from Thomas for this upcoming season.
“I think last season was a bit of a breakout year (for Thomas), and he really showed us that he is more than capable of being a big-time player in the NBL. He is a true competitor who plays with a chip on his shoulder. ”
Looking ahead, Thomas said, he plans to play competitive ball night in, night out.
“My goal is to play hard every game, and to play every game like it’s my last.”
Salerno is confident Thomas will do everything in his power to help the Storm win games.
“He has the want and desire to win at all costs, something not only us as an organization, but certainly our fan base absolutely loves about him.”
Thomas said his ultimate goal is winning a championship for the Island, saying fans on PEI have waited long enough.
“They’ve been long overdue for a title. The team has been successful, and on the rise, for many year and it’s time to win for them. And I’ll be trying my hardest each night to make sure that happens.”