By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - The Halifax Rainmen are looking to get bigger and believe moves made on Tuesday help address that.
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Quinnel Brown with the Halifax Rainmen last season.
The Rainmen have traded away their leading scorer from last year, six-foot-six forward Quinnel Brown, to the Windsor Express for a future draft pick. To replace Brown, Halifax announced the signing of six-foot-seven power forward Ivan Harris, a 29-year-old who has played professionally overseas, and in the NBA development league.
‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs going to be an all-star,‚ÄĚ Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said of Harris, who also played four seasons of NCAA Division 1 basketball at Ohio State. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs played at some really high levels. He‚Äôs put up big numbers overseas. He‚Äôs a great player.
‚ÄúWe are excited to have a guy of his calbire.‚ÄĚ
Harris‚Äô best season overseas came in 2007-08, when he netted 12.7 points per game in leading his Finnish club to a league title.
As for Brown, he averaged over 16 points per game last season for the Rainmen, and also grabbed about seven rebounds per game.
But Levingston said an Achilles heel for the team in 2012-13 was being out-rebounded, especially in the defensive end, and says these moves should help make them stronger.
‚ÄúWe are looking to do some things a little bit differently this year,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe needed to get bigger this year, because we kind got out rebounded so badly.
‚ÄúWe are looking to bring in a different type of player.‚ÄĚ
Levingston said Brown could be a ‚Äúbit of a liability‚ÄĚ on the defensive end but should fit in well with the Express.
‚ÄúWe definitely wanted to put him in a good situation,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a great place for him to go and play.‚ÄĚ
Levingston said more player signings are coming soon as they look to get the bulk of their roster set prior to training camp. Levingston plans on only inviting between 14 and 15 players to camp, leaving just a few cuts to be made to reach the 12-man player limit.
‚ÄúThis will be an extremely exciting roster,‚ÄĚ he declared.