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(CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I.) Jonathan Loyd is excited by the prospects of what the Island Storm can do with a returning core together for a full season.
The point guard is the first player to re-sign with the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada club for the 2019-20 season. He joined the squad for the final 13 games of the regular season in 2018-19 and helped solidify the floor general's position.
"I felt like we can do something special with the core group of guys that we have now," he said recently from his home in Las Vegas, Nev.
Loyd said he was able to quickly form relationships with his new teammates and coaches, which helped make for a seamless transition.
"The guys helped me a lot, encouraging me to play my game and just do what I do," he said. "When I got there, I felt like I was somewhere that I belonged."
Loyd averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 13 games with the Storm. He can break down defences and get teammates easy looks, but his value runs deeper than what shows up in his individual stat line.
"Jonathan brings great energy. He's a great change-of-pace player for us and he's a winner," head coach Tim Kendrick said. "He's a real good guy in the room and (in the community), a really good guy at practice and a very strong player."