New Rockets import to blast rivals away

THE Rockhampton Stadium Nightclub Rockets men's basketball team are driving in the right direction after securing the services of powerhouse point guard Charles Brown.

Brown, standing at 180cm, hails from the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, graduating last May.

It is the same university another former Rockets import, Brian McCloskey, hailed from in 1995 and the university's current coach is Byron Jensen, who played for the Rockets in 1998.

Announcing the signing yesterday, Rockets coach Neal Tweedy and Brown, 22, was "super quick'' and played a very different game to the Rockets former point guard Mike McShane.

"He's a guy who can push the ball hard in transition and give us easy baskets,'' Tweedy said.

"He's a lot quicker than Mike and should give us more penetration,'' Tweedy said.

"I feel teams can't pressure us with this new point guard.'' The search for a new point guard started in May last year after McShane was forced to return to the US with a broken hand.

Brown is scheduled to arrive in Rockhampton in early to mid April.

The only remaining piece of the puzzle is finding a US import to fill a forwards role.

n In other basketball news, former Rockets player Stephen Weigh is showing his class in the early stages of the under-20 nationals in Perth this week.

Weigh, bound for the University of Utah this year, opened his campaign with 26 points and nine rebounds in Queensland's 86-66 win over Western Australia on Monday.

He followed up yesterday with 27 points and six rebounds in Queensland's 85-56 loss to New South Wales.

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