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!