Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Steve Sir - First to Return

Local product Steve Sir returns to the Energy this season. Steve (pictured with ball) has had a stellar amateur and professional career and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

I talked with Steve recently about the upcoming season and he had this to say -

“I am very excited and proud to be a part of the Edmonton Energy again this upcoming season. Last year was a fantastic experience with a great group of coaches and teammates. It is something I am very anxious to begin again. It is a privilege to play professional basketball in Edmonton in front of friends and family. As well, it is a special experience to once again play for my father, Paul. He is a fantastic coach and a pleasure to play for. Not many people get the opportunity to play for their Dad at the professional level and it is one I am very grateful to have.

As a team we accomplished a lot last year by finishing with the best record in the league and having the top seed in the playoffs. The reason for our success was a coaching staff that brought together the right kind of players, putting in a system that suited the talent and finally, having the players buy in and play together. This is no small feat considering the season is only 3 months long.

The goal for this season will be to build on the success we had last year and to win the IBL championship. Of course every team will say this to start the season because it is a formality when asked about expectations in sports. The difference with the Energy will be that it’s not lip service. We were close last year and with the guys returning like Will Funn, Skouson Harker, Lee Skruggs and JR Patrick and the new faces we will add, it is a realistic expectation. As a team, we felt we didn't reach our goal last year of winning a championship. This year, we hope to accomplish this goal and bring a championship to Edmonton!”

Steve attended Ross Sheppard High School and led the T-Birds to two 4A provincial championships before moving to Minnesota to attend Creighton Durham Hall to finish up his high school career. Steve began his NCAA career at San Diego State and finished it at Northern Arizona. In the 05-06 season, he led all of Division 1 in 3 point percentage. Steve finished his NCAA career 2nd all time in 3 point percentage as well as holding many Big Sky conference and NAU school records for 3 point shooting.

Currently Steve is applying his trade in Germany playing for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringshule where he leads his team in made 3’s and is averaging 16.8 points per game.

Come watch Steve and the rest of the Energy May 7th, 7PM at the University of Alberta Main Gym as they take on the defending league champion LA Lightning!

These guys are good...

Welcome to the new season of Edmonton Energy basketball!! We are excited about the team and what it has the potential to accomplish this year.

I'm sure a lot of people have questions about this league, this team and why Edmonton has gotten involved.

Quite simply...these guys are good!

From top to bottom the Edmonton Energy is a great organization. The team is backed by a respected group of local business owners who are looking to bring an exciting product to the people of Edmonton. They are constantly working to improve the team and the experience for the fans.

The coaching staff is chalked full of top caliber individuals with Paul Sir leading the way. Paul has been involved in basketball at every level as a player and a coach and wants nothing more than to share his passion for the game by being involved with this team.

Now, the players. Edmonton has produced some of the best basketball players to come out of Canada over the past 20 years. We have sent many players to NCAA division 1 (Santa Clara, Gonzaga, Richmond, and Northern Arizona), many have won CIS national championships playing for the U of A Golden Bears and many now play overseas professionally from Germany to Brazil. Along with the best local players, Coach Sir works tirelessly to find the best talent from leagues in Europe and ex-NCAA players to round out the roster. Together, the Energy were able to finish first in their division last season and are looking to translate a great regular season into playoff success this year.

The Energy this year will return 5 IBL all-stars (Steve Sir, JR Patrick, Skousen Harker, Will Funn and Lee Skruggs) to the team, 3 of which are Alberta's own. All the players who play for the Energy have had quality college careers and most play professionally not only for the Energy but in other locations around the world.

The IBL features former (Byron Russell, Lamond Murray, Toby Bailey) and has produced current (Chris "Birdman" Anderson of the Denver Nuggets, Jamario Moon of the Cleveland Cavaliers) NBA players. It is professional basketball being played at a high level. The league features unique rules that allow for fast paced, high scoring basketball. If you like watching Steve Nash and the Suns, you'll love the Edmonton Energy and the IBL!

The Energy will be playing there home games this year at the University of Alberta main gym with the home and season opener on May 7th @ 7PM against the LA Lightning!

Come out to the games this year and watch some great basketball!!