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Former Detroit Piston Returns to Mill Rats

September 19, 2013 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Saint John Riptide News Release

(Saint John, NB): The Saint John Mill Rats are happy to announce that they have signed 6'1 point guard Will Blalock from Boston, Massachusetts (pending FIBA clearance).

Will Blalock was a second round selection by the Detroit Pistons in the 2006 NBA Draft after declaring for the draft after his junior year at Iowa State. He finished three years at Iowa State ranked 22nd all-time in history in scoring (1,078 points), sixth in assists (464), tied for sixth in steals (177), and eighth in three-point field goals made (100).

In addition to the NBA, Blalock has played extensively in the NBA Development League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Anaheim Arsenal, the Maine Red Claws, and the Reno Bighorns.

He has also played overseas in Israel, Germany, and Australia. He has been a regular at NBA Summer League and went to training camp with the New Jersey Nets in 2009.

As a member of the Golden State Warriors summer league squad last summer, Blalock went head to head with the Washington Wizards #1 overall pick John Wall, in his summer league debut.

Blalock had a stint the Saint John Mill Rats in November 2011 during the NBA lockout, but has now returned to help bring home that elusive NBL Canada championship to the Port City! Blalock replaces Jerice Crouch in the Mill Rats backcourt, who was signed during free agency by the Ottawa SkyHawks.

"It's a credit to the league that they are attracting these caliber of players across the league - former NBA and NBA D-League players are flocking to the NBL Canada," said Mill Rats Head Coach Rob Spon. "Blalock is an elite point guard with a great feel for the game and great size and has very good chemistry with Anthony Anderson."

Blalock has been training at the Boston Celtics facility and with Celtics players this summer hoping for a training camp invite, as was reported recently on


The Mill Rats have signed 10 players to date including:

Anthony Anderson 5'11 G Lynn, MA

Will Blalock 6'1 PG Boston, MA

Ashton Smith 6'2 G Scarborough, ON

Doug Herring Jr. 6'3 G Poughkeepsie, NY

Chris Matthews 6'4 W Washington, DC

David Louis 6'5 W Long Island, NY

Alex Jackson 6'6 F St. Louis, MO

Robert Curtis 6'10 C Los Angeles, CA

Mike Luby 7'0 C Kenora, ON

All players will be in town for the team's training camp slated to begin mid-October.

On Friday September 20th (tomorrow) at 5pm the Mill Rats will be hosting a FAN EVENT at Market Square. There will be press conference to introduce several new players and new Head Coach Rob Spon. Also on hand will be Foreman George and the Mill Rats Dance Team and the Mini-Millies! The event will be followed by a mixer in the Ale House.

To buy or inquire about season tickets please contact Julia Higgins at the Mill Rats Fan Zone located in Brunswick Square or contact the Harbour Station Box Office or call 506-657-1234.

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