- Future Pro's
By Stephen Poirier
The Island Storm has announced Friday they have signed Jackson Trapp, a four-year starter at Florida Atlantic University Owls in Tallahassee.
The 6-foot-4 guard impressed many at the NBL Combine in Orlando this past August, including Storm coach Joe Salerno.
"He has a certain toughness about him and the way he plays the game. We loved that about him.”
Trapp will join the Storm's 2016-2017 training camp roster coming off a solid season in NCAA Division 1 basketball averaging 7.5 points per game, including 37.5 per cent shooting from three-point territory.
With impressive shooting stats, he also takes great pride in his defense.
"I've always been able to guard bigger players, it's a quality not many guards have." he said.
Trapp recognizes the importance in quality fundamentals. A good work ethic, dedication, and leadership are key, he said.
"We probably had players that were more talented and athletic than me (at FAU), but I did the things that other people wouldn't do. Each play I would try and go out and do the little things that counts. I really take pride in my leadership through example."
Coach Salerno also noticed his defensive tenacity and intellect on the court.
"He has a high basketball IQ and can play both sides of the ball. He is someone that I feel can contribute to this team on a nightly basis."
Trapp said he is excited for the opportunity in Canada and hopes his work ethic from years prior will continue to expand his game.
"I'm going to take advantage of the spot I'm in. I've done that for the past four years and plan to keep on doing that here in P.E.I."