The Halifax Rainmen know if they want to measure up with the best, they need a quality big man in the paint.

The Rainmen, who lost to the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry in last year’s semifinals in part because they couldn’t handle the Oklahoma squad’s heavyweight post players, will look to beef up in that area with their two picks in the Premier Basketball League draft today in Chicago.

“We’re looking to go big in the draft,” Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said. “We’re hoping to find some big kids who can give us an opportunity to compete with the bigs in Oklahoma.”

Larry Turner, a seven-footer, was the Rainmen’s starting centre last year. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game but won’t be back.

The Rainmen, one of eight teams at the draft, pick sixth and 14th overall starting at 10 p.m.

David Bailey, a second-rounder in 2008, is the only drafted player ever to suit up for the Rainmen.

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