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Rainmen Sign Top Canadian

October 2, 2013 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

(Halifax, NS): The Halifax Rainmen are proud to announce the signing (pending FIBA clearance) of Canadian Stephen Sir, a 6'5 shooting guard from Edmonton, Alberta, one of the best three point shooters in professional basketball.

Last season Sir played for CSM Bucuresti in Romania, averaging 12 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in32 games, and led the Romanian league in total 3FG made (74) and 3PT% (48%), the only player in any European league to accomplish this last season, and the first to lead the Romanian league in both categories. Sir has also played professionally in Mexico, Germany, Switzerland and the IBL, and was invited to a private tryout with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves in October of 2010.

Sir played 3 seasons with his hometown Edmonton Energy of the IBL (2009-2010, 2012), averaging 21.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 60 games, and being named an IBL All-Star all 3 seasons.

Sir holds the NCAA All-Time record for highest 3 point percentage among players who made over 300 3's in their career at 47.1%. Sir played three seasons at Northern Arizona (2004-07) where he averaged 13.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 79 games, and set school records for most 3's made (276) and 3PT% (48%). Over his senior season (2006-07), Sir averaged 15.1 points (5th in Big Sky), 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 30 games, setting Big Sky Conference records for 3's made in a season with 124 and leading the conference in 3PT%. Sir led Northern Arizona to the Big Sky Championship game, and was named All-Big Sky Second team, All-Tournament First team, and participated in the NCAA 3-point competition at the 2007 Final Four.

Prior to playing at Northern Arizona, Sir played two seasons at San Diego State University, under head coach Steve Fisher (former head coach of the Michigan Wolverines and assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings) who called Sir the best shooter that he had ever coached. Sir averaged 5.4 points, including 40% from 3, along with 1.1 rebounds and 1 assist over 32 games with SDSU.

Sir also holds the record for most points scored in a Canada Basketball U17 Championship game, as he scored 47 points and was named MVP in leading Alberta to the 1999 gold medal.

Halifax Rainmen head coach Chris Terrell said the following about Sir's signing:

"Steve is one of the more prolific shooters in professional basketball. For players that attempted more than 300 attempts, Steve is the 3 point percentage leader in NCAA D1 history. In his 6 year professional career that has included Switzerland twice, Germany, Mexico twice, and Romania; Steve has shot 49%, 48%, 45%, 50%, 67%, and 48.3% from 3 just this past season in Romania. A career 50% 3 point shooter in some of the top

leagues. As a coach you feel that if he is open and gets any kind of look at the basket, it's going in. It's difficult for me to think of anyone better at shooting from the perimeter. At 6'5 215lbs he has the ability to play either wing position and is a knock down flat out GREAT shooter, GREAT teammate, and strikes fear in the opponents eyes at any distance on the floor including mid-range and pull ups and deep behind the FIBA 3. This guy makes us better period, and will help keep that NBA spacing we need for everyone to have the room to do what they do at an elite level."

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