The Halifax Rainmen will kick off training camp on Oct. 7 at the Canada Games Centre in Clayton Park, team owner Andre Levingston said yesterday.

And he predicts it will be “very, very intense”

“This is probably going to be the most talent we’ve ever had in camp, to be totally honest,” Levingston said. “There are going to be some good basketball players that don’t make this team.”

Levingston expects 18 or 19 players to come to camp, including all four who signed yesterday.

 

Besides Eddie Robinson and Rodney Buford, Halifax is bringing back point guard Taliek Brown and centre DeAndre Thomas, key contributors to last year’s team.

As for longtime Rainmen Eric Crookshank, Levingston said negotiations are ongoing.

“He’s a guy we’re still interested in returning,” he said.

The league also announced its pre-season schedule yesterday. The Rainmen begin play with a home-and-home series with the Summerside Storm of Prince Edward Island on Oct. 22 and 23. The second game is at the Metro Centre at 2 p.m.

Halifax kicks off its regular season on Saturday, Nov. 5 at home to the London Lightning.

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