Poor Kevin Hammack. I really thought he was going to be a star in Halifax – he had a great skill set, good experience and seemed like a nice guy. But Halifax have lots of small guards and Rick Lewis destroyed his confidence before Les Berry even took over. I still think he’s a fantastic player and we saw flashes of that, but never on a consistent basis.
To replace him the Rainmen signed Reggie George, another Chicago guy. He’s a 6’10 product of Iowa State (D1) who played for the Rockford Fury last year. George left Iowa after two years to go to the NAIA where he was an all American and had a fair amount of tournament experience. He seems like a good defensive player – he averaged 1.4 blocks and 8 rebounds per game in the PBL last year along with 15 ppg. He’s long but doesn’t look too strong but should provide Halifax with its first ever legit, non-project centre.
It’s a good signing but it may be too little too late. Halifax needed a centre who could play at the begining of the season and if, as seems likely, the Rainmen don’t make the play offs I think that the lack of a centre, and the return of Rick Lewis, can be pointed to as the primary causes of an ultimately disapointing season.