The Halifax Rainmen have signed Antoine Tisby to address their need for a top-flight centre.

The six-foot-eight South Carolina NCAA Division I product played for the Saint John Mill Rats last season, averaging 13.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 27 games before leaving the National Basketball League of Canada to play in Europe.

“He’s nasty — the best big guy in our league,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. “He’s a beast. He’ll make an immediate impact for us.”

Levingston said there was a “mad scramble” from NBL Canada teams to sign Tisby when the Kansas City native announced he would play in North America this season.

“I’m really excited to have a guy like him,” Levingston said.

Tisby isn’t expected to play on the road on Thursday against the Moncton Miracles, but should debut on Saturday at the Metro Centre against the Mill Rats.

The Rainmen are 0-2 after dropping a pair of road games in Ontario on the weekend.

LEVETT HONOURED

Former Rainmen forward Tyrone Levett was honoured as NBL Canada player of the week on Monday. Levett scored 28 points in the Moncton Miracles’ 99-83 win over the Montreal Jazz on Sunday.

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