Metro File Rainmen forward Darnell Hugee (left) takes a shot against the Moncton Miracles last season.

The Halifax Rainmen have brought back another key player from last year’s run to the National Basketball League of Canada final.

The Rainmen signed six-foot-seven forward/centre Darnell Hugee on Thursday, bringing their roster count to four along with guards Joey Haywood, Brandon Robinson and Eddie Smith.

“His athleticism and defensive intensity was a huge part of the our success down the stretch last season,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston.

Hugee was a late-season signing who averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in eight playoff contests. He was also assessed a team-leading 35 personal fouls.

The Rainmen open the NBL Canada season on Nov. 2 on the road against the Windsor Express.

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