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CHARLOTTETOWN – The Island Storm has announced Tuesday the signing of two-time NBL all-star and fan favourite Nick Okorie.
The six-foot-one guard is the Storm’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,197 points and is among only four players in league history to score over 2,000 points in his career.
“Last time I played for the Storm I was considered a scorer, now I like to consider myself a playmaker too. I’m a better passer now. I want to make my teammates better,” said Okorie.
He last suited up for the Storm in the 2014-15 season and averaged better than 16 points per game. During the 2013-14 season he played in 36 games for the island and averaged 20 points per game during the team’s run to the NBL Finals.
“It will be great to have Nick back with us this upcoming season. He has proven time and time again to be one of the top players this league has seen, and he has always had success while wearing a Storm uniform,” said coach Joe Salerno.
Okorie rejoins the Storm after spending last year with the London Lightning where he went to the NBL Canada Finals before eventually losing to the Halifax Hurricanes in a competitive series.
After watching from afar last season, Salerno was determined to bring Okorie back.
“A big hole in our roster last season was not having that consistent go-to scorer. Someone you could depend on in crunch time, or when your team needed a hoop. Nick provides that, and has provided that for this team every season he has played with us.”
The shooting guard ranks high in league record books, but for the Storm he is one of the all-time greats. He sits third in assists as well as three-point field goals made, and is the team’s fifth all-time leader in minutes played.
P.E.I. basketball fans are certainly excited to welcome him back; the feeling is mutual.
“The island feels like a second home to me. The fans are great out there and I’m excited for the chance to play in front of them again.”
Okorie says he’s got a lot to prove.
“We let one slip away (2013-14 NBL Finals) and because of that I want to win at any cost.”
Salerno can get behind that.
“I think one thing we have learned over the years is we need to take everything one day at a time, one game at a time and not look to far ahead. Re-signing a guy like Nick certainly gets your mind to starting think Championships again though, that's just the type of charisma he brings to the court.”
Storm fans are reminded that season tickets will officially be launched and available for purchase through the box office starting Thursday at 11am.