STAR import Chehales Tapscott will be at his best despite joining the club on the back of a 52-game regular season in Japan, says Rockets coach Neal Tweedy.

The McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets coach announced yesterday that the 2014 QBL men's MVP would be rejoining the club for the upcoming season.

Tapscott shone in 2014 and became the club's first MVP as the Rockets claimed back-to-back QBL men's championships for the first time in the club's history.

Tapscott, who led the QBL in scoring last season, will return to the Rockets after starring for the struggling Bambitious Nara in the Basketball Japan League.

The 198cm tall power forward is currently leading his team in scoring and is averaging 17.8 points per game.

He still has 18 matches remaining in the BJL - one less than what he played for the Rockets in the entire 2014 season - with the club's final regular season match against Shimane on April 26.

Tapscott, 25, featured in 19 matches for the Rockets in 2014, including the club's QBL grand final series win over Mackay at Hegvold Stadium on August 29-30.

He headed into last year's QBL season after an extended break, but would have featured in 71 consecutive matches by the time he touches down in Rockhampton ahead of the 2015 QBL season.

However, that wasn't a concern for Tweedy, who said he had the support staff in place to ensure Tapscott didn't burn out as the season wore on.

"He's playing a 52-game season in Japan and then to back up for another season without having any time off is what he has to weigh up each year," Tweedy said.

"We're just lucky that he's still young and his body can handle it (and) I think we monitor that sort of thing pretty well.

"We've got the support staff to handle that and our season is probably nowhere near as taxing as a season in Europe.

"We're typically one game per week and the occasion double or triple-header on the road, but it's nowhere near what he'd be faced with over there."

Despite the opportunity to earn more cash in Europe, Tweedy said Tapscott's fondness to Rockhampton, the club and its fans was the big drawcard.

"I think he's sacrificing himself because the salary is not at the same level as what is paid overseas," Tweedy said.

"But I think he enjoyed the community, playing here - winning obviously helps - and winning the MVP here so he was keen to come back for another season."

His 2014 partner in crime, Ray Turner, won't be suiting up in Rockets colours in 2015 with the former Texas A&M star joining Perth-based club Perth Redbacks in the SBL competition.

Turner said yesterday he was chasing a deal with NBL club Perth Wildcats.

Tweedy said the club was closing in on signing a US import as Turner's replacement.



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