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Reed bounces back

Rockets’ Travis Reed surges up the court at Hegvold Stadium during a QBL match last season.
Rockets’ Travis Reed surges up the court at Hegvold Stadium during a QBL match last season. Chris Ison

BIG MAN Travis Reed is set to return to Central Queensland for his second season in the Queensland Basketball League with the Minecorp Rockhampton Rockets.

Reed will fill one of the restricted spots on the Rockets roster for this season, coach Neal Tweedy announced.

Even better news for the Rockets is that Reed will make his return in good physical condition, playing currently in the Pro A League in Germany.

Tweedy said Reed would have a short break back home in the United States before joining the Rockets in mid to late April.

Last year Reed joined the Rockets as he was returning from injury and took a little time to get up to speed because of a lack of fitness.

However, once that hurdle was overcome, it was easy to see why he was recruited and why he became a popular member of the Rockets with the Hegvold faithful.

He was also popular with Tweedy, who said he had no hesitation in seeking the services again of the big man in the middle.

"Travis was quite dominant last season, averaging 22 points and nine rebounds," Tweedy said.

"One on one he has a repertoire of moves which makes it almost impossible to stop him scoring when close to the basket.

"He is able to use his size and strength to great effect. Travis is also such a great club man, helping others on the team."

Tweedy said Reed had a high percentage around the rim and had the experience from playing professional basketball all over the world to use his body to good effect when under the basket.

"He also has a left-hand right-hand jump hook, which is very rare," Tweedy said.

"This works for him when he plays against bigger players."

Tweedy classes Reed as a unique player in the QBL because of the array of skills he brings to the team. His rebounding and his vast experience in overseas leagues have won him honours at the highest level, including numerous All Star awards over his career.

Tweedy said Reed had made no secret of his positive experience with the Rockets and Rockhampton last season.

Plus he has a desire to return to the Rockets to take care of unfinished business in terms acquiring another QBL championship for the team.

Reed is expected to arrive in Rockhampton next month ready for the pre-season challenge against Mackay on May 5, which is followed by the season's opening round a week later.

 

QBL Round 1

Friday, May 11: Townsville v Cairns (home team first)

Saturday, May 12: South West v Gold Coast, Toowoomba v Ipswich, Northside v Brisbane, Gladstone v Rockhampton, Mackay v Cairns, Bundaberg v Maroochydore

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