THE Prossim Sports Management All-Stars aren't the only basketballers arriving from the United States pushing their claims ahead of the 2014 QBL season.
Starting McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets point guard and 2013 Queensland Basketball League men's grand final MVP Mitch Philp touched down in Rockhampton yesterday after a three-week vacation in the US.
The 24-year-old was expected to suit up for the Rockets tonight in their first pre-season hit-out ahead of the 2014 QBL men's season despite not having worked out with the team.
The Rockets are taking on the All-Stars at Hegvold Stadium tonight in their first hit-out since their QBL men's championship grand final 102-95 win over Brisbane Capitals at the stadium in September.
While their season is still eight weeks away, Tweedy said tonight's match was a welcome opportunity for his squad, which began pre-season training three weeks ago.
"It's hard to get pre-season games in our league so we'll take any game we can get," Tweedy said.
"Their guys obviously want to impress so they'll be playing hard and for us we've still got some decisions to make (of our squad).
"It'll give us a good indication of where we're at."
A naturally fit athlete, Philp is expected to slot straight back into his role in the team but will have competition from new recruit and former Townsville Crocodiles guard Chris Cedar.
"Mitch is coming in without a session under his belt so I'm not sure how he'll be," head coach Neal Tweedy said.
"We're hoping to have everyone bar our two imports on board."
While they have secured the services of ex-Texas A&M power forward Ray Turner for the 2014 QBL season, Tweedy was still yet to fill the club's other import position.
He said they were still in negotiations with former University of North Carolina star Justin Watts, who was a member of the Rockets' 2013 championship-winning team, and would have a decision next week.
However, Tweedy said he would be keeping his eyes peeled tonight.
"They're guys that are trying to get exposure and into teams out here," Tweedy said of the PSM All-Stars. "I'll always have a look, (but) we're pretty heavily down the road with a few options."
The All-Stars launched their 13-match Australian tour against QBL side Bundaberg Bulls in Bundaberg last night.
Rockhampton Rockets V PSM All-Stars
Tonight, 8pm at Hegvold Stadium.
ROCKETS squad: Michael Kingma, Brad Williamson, Mitch Philp, Peni Nasalo, Glenn Scott, Chris Cedar, Jared Blanchard, Brad Kann, Tony Campbell, Zac Smith.