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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Former Oakland star Mike Helms playing in Canada

Before Reggie Hamilton tore through the Oakland record books, there was Mike Helms.
The Detroit native was the third-leading scorer in the nation in 2002-03 with 26.9 points per game, an average a half-point better than Hamilton's nation-leading 26.2 this past season. Helms' average, however, remains the Summit League's single-season best, Hamilton's second.
Like many former Oakland stars, Helms has become a world traveler in his professional career, with stops in Argentina, Australia, Singapore, Israel and Mexico. Helms will now be a short distance from his hometown after being acquired by the Windsor Express of the National Basketball League of Canada, according to The Windsor Star.
The Star reports Helms, now 29, is expected to lend a veteran presence to the expansion Express team.
"It’s something we were looking to build from,” Express coach Bill Jones told the Star. “We wanted an experienced point guard."
The NBL, formed in 2011, is the country's only professional basketball league (if you don't count the NBA's Toronto Raptors) and features eight teams in two divisions. 
Oakland coach Greg Kampe said last month Helms was enrolled in classes at Oakland in an effort to finish his degree and was hoping to get one more season playing professionally. 
Also, recently former Oakland forward Derick Nelson announced he will be playing in Saudi Arabia this season and Hamilton was expected to leave for Italy in recent weeks. 


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