The Halifax Rainmen gained almost a foot in height at the point guard position yesterday.
Backup point guard Tajuan Porter, just five foot seven, left the team for a more lucrative pro contract in France, and the Rainmen replaced him with six-foot-six floor general Trayvon Lathan.
Lathan finished third in International Basketball League scoring and rebounding last season with 26.3 points and 11.5 boards per game with the Los Angeles Lightning.
“He definitely gives us a lot of length,” said owner Andre Levingston. “He reminds me a lot of (ex-NBA players) Brian Shaw (six foot six) with a little bit of Penny Hardaway (six foot seven) with the athleticism. He can play, man.”
Porter came to the Rainmen with a reputation as a three-point shooter, but hit just 25.5 per cent of his team-high 47 attempts. He was averaging 6.5 points through 11 games.
Lathan joined the Rainmen yesterday. Starting point guard Taliek Brown, meanwhile, is expected to return to practice tomorrow after missing most of last Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury.
Levingston said the injury is “not as bad as we thought.”
The Rainmen, 6-4, visit the Saint John Mill Rats, 5-4, on Friday at 7 p.m.