Former Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Justin Stommes had a strong fourth season of professional basketball for the Helsinki Seagulls in the Finnish League, despite being limited to just 22 games.
Stommes was third on the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounds (4.5 rpg) and assists (1.4 apg) while leading the squad in steals (1.6 spg). He shot 44 percent from the field and made 45-of-111 three-pointers for 41 percent.
The 6-foot-7 forward played in just 22 of the team’s 43 games, missing a stretch of 12 straight from the first of December to the end of January.
The Cold Springs, Minnesota native scored 10 or more points in 17 of the 22 games he played and grabbed five or more rebounds 11 times. He scored 20 or more points four times in a stretch of seven games early in the season. Stommes finished with 21 points against Kataja on Oct. 29, had 27 points and six boards against Namika Lahti on Nov. 16, scored 21 points with six rebounds against KTP Basket on Nov. 21, and ripped off 27 points with six boards against Kauhajoki on Nov. 29.
Helsinki finished the regular season with a 17-23 record, placing eighth among 11 teams. The Seagulls were swept in a best-of-five quarterfinal playoff series by KTP Basket. Stommes scored 17 points in the final game of the series.
Stommes was a four-year starter at EKU. He completed his career in 2010-11 and left Eastern as the program’s 15th all-time leading scorer (1,277 career points).
Stommes played in Germany during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. In 2013-14 he played in Holland.