By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – In 2011 Isaac Kuon was named All-Canadian while leading Chris Oliver’s Windsor Lancers to a 16-6 record in the OUA West. Following his graduation from the University, Kuon was the London Lightening’s 2nd draft pick for the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada season, but instead started for the St John Mill Rats.
This August Kuon found himself as part of package deal that returned him to Windsor and the fledgling Windsor Express. President and CEO, Dartis Willis, saw Isaac play and knew he had to have him, even before being informed that Kuon grew under the tutelage of Oliver.
“When I watched Isaac play in last season’s All-Star game, I knew I had to have that guy on our team,” said Willis.
Express General Manager Chris Mendes also highlighted the importance of bringing Isaac back to Windsor. “Being a Windsorite myself, I know the importance of keeping it local. It’s Great to have a product of Windsor back in town playing basketball,” Mendes said.
Willis, Mendes, and Head Coach Bill Jones led the excitement at the St Dennis Centre where Isaac Kuon was re-introduced to Windsor basketball fans. Isaac is looking forward to the prospect of being the face of the franchise. Jones said that Kuon is one of the few players who would be able to handle the daunting task of constantly being in the spotlight.
As well, Jones will be looking to add players that will augment and promote Kuon’s outside shooting.
“We have three draft choices and Isaac that will be part of a team,” Jones said. “So we will try to build around him and we’re asking him to be a leader. He played in the league last year and he’ll have to help our guys to understand the league. So that’s what we’re looking for him to do on the basketball court.”
Last season with the Rats, Isaac was second in 3-point field goals in the NBLC with a .440 conversion percentage.
The Windsor Express kick off the 2012-13 regular season on 2 November at home to the Halifax Rainmen, last season’s championship runners-up.