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Windsor Express Signs Local Players

Thursday August 7th, 2014, 2:39pm


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Two more Canadians and one Michigander have been added to the Windsor Express roster.

Windsor’s, R.J. Wells will return for his second season with the organization, and with him comes another Windsor product, Gary Gibson.

Wells appeared in 22 games with the Express as a rookie last year, scoring 9 rebounds and 15 points.

Gibson, a student at Herman High School in 2001 and 2002, joins the team after spending the past two seasons with Hanover Korbjaeger in Germany.

The 6’2 guard leaves Windsor with three of their four Canadian spots filled, with Kevin Loiselle already under contract.

“It’s important to us to have local Windsor players on our team to allow them the opportunity to play in front of their family and friends,” said head coach and basketball operations director Bill Jones.

The third signing made by the Express is 6’1 guard, Karl Finley from Oak Park, Michigan.

Finley attended Tiffin University in Ohio and also spent time in Germany, playing professionally for VFL Stade.

Gibson and Wells played alongside each other while attending Herman High School in Windsor. Gibson and Finley also played against each other while playing professionally overseas in Germany.

Coach Jones says it is his hope that the familiarity between these three players will enhance their ability to be comfortable playing together in the NBL this season.

Jones also announced the signing of Fred Sturdivant who the Express selected in the Ottawa Skyhawks dispersal draft on August 5th. Sturdivant joins the Express after appearing in 39 games for Ottawa last season. He was third in the league in field goal percentage (0.555), was fourth in the league in blocks per game (1.3) and fifth in the league in total blocks (52).

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