SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — NBL All Rookie Team member Kemy Osse has signed with Saint John, after the Riptide agreed to terms with him during the NBL Free Agency period. Osse will provide proven scoring and playmaking from the guard position.
“We are excited to add Kemy’s scoring, shooting and playmaking to our team,” Head Coach & General Manager Nelson Terroba said. “He is a strong guard who can attack off catch and shoot, pick and roll and also coming off screens away from the ball.”
The 6-foot-1 Montreal native averaged 10.8 ppg in 24 minutes for the Island Storm.
“First it is important for me to thank the coaching staff and fans of the Island Storm where I played last season. As a first year pro they welcomed me and helped me continue to grow and pursue my dream of playing basketball at an extremely competitive level,” Osse said. “With that said, continuing to advance as a player and person is important to me. Saint John provides an opportunity for me to continue to do just that and I look forward to the challenge.”
Osse increased his output greatly in the second half of the season when he stepped in for injured teammates. He averaged 19.8 ppg in his last 12 games for the Storm, including 4 playoff games.
“The decision was not at all an easy one because I had a great year with the Storm; making the 2017-18 NBL Canada All Rookie Team and the All Playoff Team,” Osse said. “As players, we often have to make very challenging decisions and consider how else to take our game to the next level. That was the biggest factor in my decision, choosing the opportunity I believe that provides me with the best opportunity of advancing my game and getting better professionally and personally.”
While Osse had had previous success as a shooter and scorer, playing the point last year helped him improve his decision-making and reads. This summer, he has focused on his conditioning, lateral movement, and ball-handling skills.
“The game looks different to me now. I am able to see the court better,” Osse said.
“I can execute better–make smarter decisions. I feel I did all that last year but now I am definitely more comfortable.” Osse said.
“In general, we want playmakers at every position,” Terroba said. “We initiate offense from all positions, so we think Kemy’s offensive versatility fits right in.”
Osse was a standout at the 2009 Canada Games for Team Quebec and followed that performance with a successful career at Archibald Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. After graduating, Osse proceeded to have a four-year career in the NCAA’s Sun Belt Conference with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was part of school history when his team, who Riptide forward Mareik Isom also played on, upset Purdue in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament.
“I want to win a championship. That’s why we play the game. I want to help my team win. I came back because the work I started in the NBL isn’t complete and I believe I have much to offer my team and much to learn,” Osse said.
Osse had offers to play for several teams in Europe, including teams in Romania and Spain, but he felt that playing in the NBL was still his best option. “I want to say thank you to the Riptide ownership and coaching staff for welcoming me to the Riptide family,” Osse said. “To the fans I want to say I am looking forward to you cheering us on this season. We’ve got work to do and I am excited to get started.”
“From all accounts, Kemy was a great teammate and a committed pro who wants to work, grow and improve daily,” Terroba said. “I also think Kemy has the tools to be a solid perimeter defender, and we look forward to seeing him make his mark on both sides of the ball.”
Link to Career Stats: http://www.nblcanada.ca/sports/mbkb/2017-18/players/kemyossemjej?view=profile