Maurice Jones of the Windsor Express inbounds the ball against the London Lightning, January 18, 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Windsor Express)

Express Sign Two Key Players

The Windsor Express begin off-season preparations by signing two key players.

The team announced Wednesday they had re-signed forward Logan Stutz, and guard Maurice Jones to the squad for the 2017-18 National Basketball League of Canada season. According to team policy, terms of those deals were not disclosed. The team says both players were on their six-player protected list.

Stutz joined the Express last season after being acquired from the Niagara River Lions. The 6′ 9″ player from Washburn University appeared in 13 games with Windsor, averaging less than 17 points per game and less then 8 1/2 rebounds per contest.

“Me and my family are very excited,” Stutz says in a statement. “We love everything the team did for us last year. We love the way things are going to be set up this year. And, we really enjoy the fans, they’ve been great to us.”

Stutz was the league’s most valuable player for the 2015-16 season.

Jones stands 5′ 7″ and hails from Saginaw, Michigan, having played some of his college ball at USC. He appeared in 47 games last season for Windsor, averaging about 10 1/2 points per game and less than 31 minutes per game in court time.

“It’s always a good situation going to Windsor,” says Jones in a statement. “There’s some unfinished business. Last year I felt like we had a great team, a great group of guys.”

The Express were eliminated in the second round of the NBL playoffs last season after being swept by the eventual league champion London Lightning.