In what was an action packed draft to say the least the Storm held on to their five picks and acquired a high pick via trade.
About fifteen minutes into the draft, from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the Storm were on the clock with the third overall selection. With the pick they selected James Hassell a 6’10 shot blocker who was co-owner Duncan Shaw’s first choice.
In a major shake up the Storm traded away Louie McCroskey and cash considerations for the Oshawa Power’s fourth overall pick Chad Gillaspy. Gillaspy is a 6’6 220 pound shooting guard.
With the seventh pick via the Troy Gottselig trade to Halifax the Storm selected 6’3 guard Avery Smith from Wisconsin.
On to the second round where the Storm went with a 6’2 point guard Reggie Robinson out of Northwestern University.
In the third round with the nineteenth overall selection the Storm selected 6’6 shooting forward Michael Norwood.
And finally with the twenty third overall pick via trade with Halifax the Storm selected 6’6 forward Brandon Bush.
Meanwhile back in Summerside some 75 fans gathered at the Credit Union Place to watch a live streaming of the draft. Storm forward Doug McKinney was on hand for the event along with Al Stewart and Chris Cayole via Skype. The video call with Al Stewart from his Chicago home may have caused the most excitement when he announced that he would be returning to the Storm for the 2012-2013 NBL season.
During the draft party in Summerside, drafted players called over speaker phone from Toronto to get their first chance to introduced themselves to the fans. Of the five players that called in; four claimed that defence is their strong suit and they all claimed to be hard working athletes. However the most common question asked by Paul Schurman was “are you familiar with PEI?” and you guessed it, all five said no!
This was a great night for the Storm, trading away McCroskey (an amzing defender) who was unlikely to return was a great move by the management. With 3 of the 8 first round selections I’ll be expecting big things from our rookies. But it’s important to remember about a possible diamond in the rough, Chris Cayole the Storms lone All Star wasn’t a first round selection!
Here is four of the Storm’s six draft picks.