Star imports keen to fire up with winning team - Rockets

New Rockets recruit Ray Turner. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
New Rockets recruit Ray Turner. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

MCDONALD'S Rockhampton Rockets recruit Ray Turner touched down in Rockhampton on Monday while the final piece to the puzzle, US import Chehales Tapscott, said he hoped to arrive in the Beef Capital in a week.

A graduate of Portland State University, Tapscott spent last season playing for the Vancouver Volcanoes in the professional International Basketball League in the US.

Tapscott was named the competition's most valuable player after finishing the season averaging 23.34 points and 13.28 rebounds per game.

He set an IBL record by posting 20 consecutive double-doubles in 2013.

Tapscott said joining the 2013 QBL men's champions was an easy decision to make.

"Well, I've always wanted to go to Australia, and Rockhampton, like other cities in Australia, are very beautiful,'' Tapscott exclaimed.

"And I'm a winner and Rockhampton is, and will be, a winning franchise.''

In a statement released by the Volcanoes, Tapscott said he was looking forward to joining the Rockets and partnering Turner on the floor.

"I am excited for the opportunity to go to the land down under and ... [will] look to win games and a championship in the QBL,'' he said.

"My approach is all business, to play my role being a productive, efficient teammate contributing a double-double nightly.

"It feels good to have the number-one team in the league wanting you to be a part of their organisation.''

Rockets begin their season at home on May 3 against Cairns Marlins at Hegvold Stadium.

Topics:  basketball chehales tapscott rockhampton rockets

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