Monday, August 13, 2007

Awvee Storey, Journeyman Baller

The Bucks latest roster addition to the 2007/08 squad is Chicago native Awvee Storey. And he's got quite a back story. Storey played his freshman season at the University of Illinois before transferring to Arizona State (he didn't play ball anywhere in 1998/99), where he led the PAC-10 in rebounding in 2000/01 with 9.1 per game. The runner-up that year was none other than Dan Gadzuric of UCLA at 8.6 per game. One fact that speaks to Awvee's tenacity; Gadzuric is five inches taller.

Although Storey went on to have a decent career at ASU, he was not chosen in the NBA draft out of college. He did make it to the NBA as part of the Nets in 2004 and he saw action in 25 games last year with the Wizards. He's also played ball for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, the Idaho Stampede of the CBA, Braunschweig of the German League, the Wonju TG Sambo Xers of the Korean League, as well as stints in Venezuela and the USBL. This guy has rebounds in every time zone on the planet.

Here's what Larry Harris had to say after signing Storey to a deal; “Awvee is a hard-nosed, aggressive player who brings depth to our roster at the guard and small forward positions. He's an excellent athlete and a solid defender who will be a good addition to our team.”

Storey is not without controversy. Over Memorial Day weekend in 2006, Storey and teammate Gilbert Arenas were arrested and charged for disobeying the police in Miami Beach. The charges were later dropped after Storey made a $250 donation to charity. In a more serious incident, Storey was involved in an altercation with teammate Martynas Andriuškevičius while playing with the Dakota Wizards of the Development League. Storey punched Andriuskevicius in the head during practice. The blow left Andriuskevicius with a fractured skull and a severe concussion. Although Andriuskevicius did not file charges, Storey was suspended by the league and on January 5, 2007, the Dakota Wizards terminated Storey's contract. The next stop on his long and storied career is Milwaukee.

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