The Halifax Rainmen acquired last year’s National Basketball League of Canada scoring champion on Monday.
In a big trade at the NBL Canada draft in Toronto, the Rainmen landed guard Brandon Robinson from the Oshawa Power for cash and a 2013 third-round pick. They’re expected to sign him to a contract this week.
The six-foot-five Robinson averaged 19.9 points per game last season and was named NBL Canada rookie of the year. He was also MVP of the NBL Canada all-star game in Halifax.
“He can score in bunches,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. “We feel he’s the best two guard in the league. There was interest from every club in our league for Brandon Robinson.”
The Rainmen also acquired the second overall pick in Monday’s draft, six-foot-six wing player Anthony Johnson, from the Moncton Miracles for the rights to forward Tyrone Levett.
Levett, who averaged 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game with the Rainmen, was a second-team all-NBL Canada selection in both the regular season and playoffs, as well as a first team all-defence pick.
“Anthony Johnson was probably the best player at the combine,” Levingston said. “He’s a great shooter, he’s athletic, he’s a guy we can bring along and in a year or two, he could be one of the best players in the league.”
With their only pick in the draft, the Rainmen selected six-foot-two guard Courtland Bluford, a bench player with the Saint John Mill Rats last season.