Home in US is where Hart is

By RACHAEL BORICH

ROCKHAMPTON Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball team forward Michael Hart returned to the United States yesterday, frustrated with Australia's NBL teams.

Hart, 31, was hopeful of staying on in Australia with NBL interest stemming from clubs like New Zealand, Hunter, West Sydney and slight interest from Sydney and Townsville.

Their interest has only left Hart feel "frustrated''.

"I've been playing for 10 years around the world and I wished they'd looked at all my stats,'' Hart said.

"They're more concerned with signing someone with an NBA name.

"It doesn't matter how much experience they have.''

In Hart's first appearance in the QABL (Queensland Australian Basketball League) Sunstate division he was the league's second highest scorer, averaging 30.1 points per game, in 12 games, behind Mackay's US import Denver Tenbroek with 33.3 points per game.

Hart also played the second most minutes with 43.0 behind Tenbroek's 44.6 minutes per game. Whether we see Hart next season remains uncertain.

"They (Rockets) want me to come back and we like it here, but I can't say ? I don't know where I'll be in April next year,'' Hart said.

While the Rockets missed this year's QABL full finals series, Hart was still impressed with his team-mates and the league.

"Given everything we've gone through we've showed the local players what this team has,'' he said.

Hart arrived having previously played in Europe and was unfamiliar with the Australian playing style.

"It's a little faster pace than what I was used to and the NBL would be one of the top four or five leagues in the world,'' he said.



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