A former University of Maine men’s basketball player has re-signed with a Canadian professional team, UMaine announced Monday.
Mike Allison, who played with the Black Bears from 2009-13, has inked a one-year deal with the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada.
The native of Lyden, Ontario, is entering his fourth professional season, having averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds for the River Lions last season.
Niagara compiled a lackluster 16-24 record over a 40-game slate last season.
Allison’s professional career began after graduating from UMaine, and he played one season with the Durham Wildcats of the British Basketball League.
He has played professionally in Canada since, playing with the NBL of Canada’s Mississauga Power for the 2014-15 season before joining Niagara.
During his time at UMaine, Allison was named to the America East All-Defensive Team in 2012 and 2013, leading the league with 2.2 blocks per game as a junior.
USM hall of fame to add 7
Seven former University of Southern Maine athletes will be added to the Husky Hall of Fame later this month, the school announced Monday.
The Class of 2016 will be enshrined at a banquet on Sept. 24 at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus.
The new members are baseball player Cory Adams, basketball player Joshua Daniels, three-sport athlete Miranda Derenberger, golfer James “J.J.” Frost, wrestler Mike Morin, softball player Katie Mainville-Nicholls and ice hockey player Breanne Fortiguerra Sanderson.
In addition, Lewiston High School boys soccer coach and former USM basketball and soccer player Mike McGraw will be honored with the Dr. Richard Costello Special Achievement award for his work on and off the field with the Blue Devils.
Adams is a former All-American who led coach Ed Flaherty’s baseball program to the Division III national championship in 1997. In his All-America season in 1999, Adams stole 47 bases and accumulated a career batting average of 0.404.
Daniels tallied 942 points, 339 rebounds, 187 rebounds and 99 steals in 84 career games on the basketball court. He ranks 11th in school history with 109 3-point field goals and 10th in 3-point percentage (375.)
Derenburger competed in soccer, volleyball and track and field for the Huskies, and holds seven indoor and outdoor track school records. She qualified for the NCAA championships in the heptathlon in 2002.
Frost compiled a 73.3 stroke average in his four years on USM’s golf team, and was the team’s top golfer from 2003-05. He went on to earn All-New England honors and was the individual medalist in nine matches.
Morin was the first All-American in the history of USM’s wrestling program, winning the 165-pound division in the New England championships in 2008, 2009, 2010. He is now the Huskies’ head coach.
Fortiguerra Sanderson compiled 18 goals and 35 assists as a defenseman for USM’s women’s hockey team, leading the Huskies to a 52-34-8 record during her career.
Mainville Nichols was a dominant pitcher for USM’s softball squad, compiling a 40-20 mark with a 1.14 earned run average while holding opponents to a 0.180 batting average.