Hustle up, it?s our son of a gun

By DARRYN NUFER ? THE Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets will boast one of the biggest playing rosters in the league after yesterday announcing the signing of a new 202cm US import.

Gyasi Cline-Heard, the son of former NBA player Gar Heard, is due to arrive in Rockhampton on Thursday.

Renowned for his on-court hustle and big-play ability, Cline-Heard, who played US college basketball for Penn State, has just finished playing in the Uruguay National League.

He will not suit-up for the Rockets in Saturday night's clash with the Brisbane Capitals at Hegvold Stadium, however coach Neal Tweedy is hopeful of getting clearance for him to play in the following game against South West.

Tweedy described Cline-Heard, 25, as an athletic power forward who would be a "real crowd pleaser''.

"You'll see a few dunks,'' he said.

Throw in major off-season purchase American Michael Hart, who will make his longawaited debut against the Capitals after suffering a broken hand, and fellow big men Mick Pennisi and Paul Scott, and the Rockets have a dominant pack on which to launch their Cavalier Corporation QABL Sunstate Division playoff assault.

"We'll have some very dominant rebounding now,'' Tweedy said.

Yesterday's announcement bolstered the Rockets' play-off hopes after back-to-back losses and a season-ending hand injury to point-guard Mike McShane who has returned to the US.

Cline-Heard was recommended to Tweedy by Hart, a US minor league friend.



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