Deal sees Guillaume Boucard going to the Island Storm in exchange for New Brunswick native Brad States
Carl English is no longer the only Atlantic Canadian on the roster of the St. John’s Edge.
The National Basketball League of Canada’s Edge made a trade today, sending Guillaume Boucard and a second-round pick in the 2019 league draft to the Island Storm for fellow forward and Bathurst, N.B., native Brad States.
St. John’s announced the trade as the team prepared to leave the Maritimes after concluding a successful road trip through the area, coming away with five wins in six games and improving its record to 11-6, tied for second-best in the league.
The trade is a Canadian-for-Canadian swap.
Montreal native Boucard averaged 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 rebounds this season with St. John’s, dressing for 15 games and starting five of them. Last season, with the Niagara River Lions, Boucard averaged around 14 points and eight rebounds per contest, starting all but one of that team’s games.
Many basketball fans in St. John’s would have been familiar with States before the Edge and NBL Canada came onto the scene as he once starred with the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers, an AUS rival of the Memorial Sea-Hawks. The 6-6 States was a first-team conference all-star with UPEI in 2015-16, when he averaged 19 points per game, but became better-known for his defensive play after staying in Charlottetown and joining the Storm in 2016.
States has 4.2 points and three rebounds per game in this, his third pro campaign. In 11 games this season, he has been a starter in three of them.
States has plenty of time to get acclimated to his new club. After a hectic road trip that saw them play six games in nine days, the Edge don’t play again until Jan. 19, when they begin a four-game home stand with a matchup against the London Lightning.