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Rockets' new signing adds size and strength to line-up

American point guard Chris Fowler is the latest addition to the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets.
American point guard Chris Fowler is the latest addition to the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets. Allan Reinikka ROK180517arockets

BASKETBALL: He stands over 2m tall and he's ready to add some serious fire power to the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets.

American Chris Fowler joins the Rockets courtesy of the NBA Development League where he was a member of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, an affiliate of the Indiana Pacers.

Fowler was set to join the Rockets at the start of the season, however an extension to his D-League contract, followed by a short-term injury, pushed the dynamic guard's start date back.

But coach Neal Tweedy is confident the dynamic point guard was worth the wait.

"We've been juggling our roster for the first three rounds of the season, which has been a challenge, but we're thrilled to finally get Chris here and see what he can do,” he said.

"His strength and size is going to be a huge asset in our league. He's able to get to the ring and finish with contact.

"We believe Chris is going to add a lot to our group, both in production on the court, as well as leadership.

"We've got a long way to go in terms of the season, but this is a huge step in the right direction.”

Fowler is the all-time assist leader at Central Michigan University, where he was a four-year captain. He also holds the record for the number of free throws taken and made; a testament to his ability to muscle his way into the keyway and attack the ring.

He was excited to finally touch down in Rockhampton.

"It's been a delayed start, which has been frustrating, but now that I'm here I can't wait to get some games into me,” he said.

"I like to push the ball on offence and get to the ring, but I also play both ends of the floor.”

The Rockets roster continues to evolve. As Fowler comes in, Demond Watt departs due to an ongoing knee injury.

Although Fowler and Watt will play different roles, the team is well placed to transition with Tweedy deliberately recruiting a versatile roster at the start of the season.

With captain James Mitchell expected to play some minutes at the four and Trevor Corrigan gaining some extra opportunities, the team that takes on Townsville in a just over a week will be a far more dynamic and up-tempo combination.

Fans will get their first opportunity to see Fowler in action on Saturday, May 27, at Hegvold Stadium Tickets go on sale on Monday, call Rockhampton Basketball on 4922 5544.