Haywood Joins the Rainmen
The Halifax Rainmen have signed 6’1’’ Canadian point guard and former Saint Mary’s Husky standout, Joey Haywood to the 2011-12 roster.
“We are extraordinarily excited to have a player of Joey’s caliber bringing his talents home to Canada,” said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. “Joey is one of the best players in the country. He’s a tremendous talent who is very explosive. We are looking forward to having him as part of the Rainmen organization this season.”
Haywood was the CIS leading scorer last season with the Huskies, and also earned the title of Most Valuable Player in the AUS.
“It’s exciting to have someone from my alma mater join the Rainmen roster for the first time in our franchise’s history,” said Jad Crnogorac, VP of Playing and Community Relations. “Saint Mary’s has an exceptional basketball history, and we are so excited to add another well known and highly respected Canadian athlete to our team.”
Haywood had been invited to the draft combine for the NBA D-League, but unfortunately (or very fortunately from a Halifax standpoint) went unselected in the draft that took place Thursday.
Haywood will join the team in their regular season debut at the Halifax Metro Centre tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. versus the London Lightning. Single game tickets are available at Ticket Atlantic locations and at the Metro Centre Box Office.
Two of the Halifax Rainmen’s front court will not be joining Joey Haywood on the court for their home opener Saturday evening. DeAndre Thomas and Eric Crookshank have both been suspended by the team due to a violation of league and club policies. The violation apparently stems from an undisclosed off-court incident following the team’s season opening match in London Thursday night.
“While DeAndre and Eric have been assets to our organization, I felt it was necessary to make this decision,” said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. “It is extremely important to our club that our players behave in a professional manner at all times both on and off the court.”
Thomas has been suspended indefinitely, while Crookshank will miss only one game.
Details were not release, but the team has indicated that there was no criminality or police involvement. They have deemed this as a private, team matter and are choosing to handle it internally.