Rockhampton Rockets have announce the first of their imports for the upcoming season, American Justin Watts. Photo: Gerry Broome, AAP
Rockhampton Rockets have announce the first of their imports for the upcoming season, American Justin Watts. Photo: Gerry Broome, AAP Gerry Broome, AAP

Rockets to blast into 2013 season with new recruit, Watts

BASKETBALL: With a new recruit straight from the home of Michael Jordan in their midst, the Minecorp Rockhampton Rockets are building for a massive 2013 season.

The Queensland Basketball League heavyweights were delighted to announce the first of their imports for the upcoming season, American Justin Watts.

Watts was a product of the University of Carolina - a powerhouse in American college basketball and home to game legend Michael Jordan.

The 195cm (6ft 5") guard was co-captain on a team who were perennial finalists of the American college competition with multiple players every year being recruited to the prestigious NBA competition.

"When someone the calibre of Justin, in both playing ability and character, agrees to play on our team, it is hard not to be excited," Rockets coach Neil Tweedy said.

"I'm sure he will also be a crowd favourite with his general play and athleticism. I expect him to be a great role model for the younger guys on the team."

Although the 22-year-old's college opportunities were limited playing alongside numerous NBA recruits, he still made an impact when he was on court.

His role playing for his college team was varied, often called on to defend the toughest opposition player.

With Watts' wide range of skills, he played in multiple positions from power forward to point guard and fully demonstrated in his stellar high school career what he was capable of.

"With Justin's ability, it augers well for the Rockets to continue being a top team in the QBL competition," Tweedy said.

Watts arrives in Rockhampton mid-April to prepare for the clash with long-term rivals Mackay at Hegvold Stadium on April27.



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