Rainmen assembling most talented Canadian basketball team ever: coach

When the dust settles, Chris Terrell believes the 2013 edition of the Halifax Rainmen will be the most talented basketball team ever assembled in Canada.

The NBL team’s head coach is fresh off leading the Rainmen’s minicamp on Saturday where 40 free agents from across the U.S. participated.

Now, the Rainmen are poised over the next week to release a full team roster with their NBL training camp set to get underway on Oct. 13.

“I’ve been coaching overseas professionally in the top league in China and first division Europe, and I understand their resumes and can judge their previous experiences,” said Terrell. “On paper nobody in Canada has ever put a team like this together.”

The Rainmen announced two new signings on Monday, bringing the total to nine, in six-foot-four guard Cheyne Gadson and point guard JuJuan Cooley. Gadson, who has attended several NBA camps over the years, has played in 156 NBA D-League games, averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 steals. Five-foot-10 Cooley is a former first team All-American with Indiana Tech University and played in 118 games with Targu Mures in Romania from 2008-12, averaging 13.9 points and 7.1 assists.

“This team will largely be comprised of all-star caliber players in the top leagues in Europe or the NBA D-League,” said Terrell.

But he stopped short of predicting a championship.

“Talent in itself doesn’t win championship and that takes continuity and bonding and health… there are a million factors.

“But we are putting the pieces together of what we believe to be the most talented and proven roster in NBL history.”

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