(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury FIVE are pleased to announce that they have added two players to their roster this week ahead of the National Basketball League of Canada’s trade deadline Friday. The FIVE have added forwards Montell McRae and Dallas Lauderdale to the roster as they get set to play the London Lightning tonight and host the St. Johns Edge and Halifax Hurricanes Friday and Saturday in back to back games.

Lauderdale, is a 31-year-old veteran who has spent the better part of his career split between the NBA G league and Europe most notably in Poland where he helped lead his team to the Eurocup and Euroleague qualifiers. The Solon, Ohio native is a 6’8” center known since his time at Ohio State as a hard-nosed rebounder and has a defensive presence.

“Dallas is the veteran we need,” said Head Coach Logan Stutz. “He’s a solid guy on and off the court, and just with his presence, we become a better team, and that’s something I’m really excited about.”

McRae, is a 6’10” forward from Cleveland, Ohio and joins the FIVE for his rookie season in the NBLC after finishing his collegiate career at the University of Buffalo. In his senior season with Buffalo, he averaged 6 points per game, 4 rebounds per game while shooting 36% from the three-point line.

“McCrae, on the other hand, has a lot to learn and to develop at the pro level, but his potential is very, very high,” added Stutz.

Tonight’s FIVE game gets under way in London at 7pm. The FIVE then return home Friday and Saturday for a double-header weekend with both games set to begin at 7:05pm. Tickets for both games are on-sale now at greatersudbury.ca/tickets