The Glasgow Rocks are thrilled to announce the return of Scotland’s own Gareth Murray, who has signed a new 2 year deal with Scotland’s only professional basketball side.
Murray will be coming off a solid season with the Rocks where he averaged 5.1 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game and 12.8 points per game, shooting 42% from the field. His experience within the BBL has developed him into one of the premier British players in the league. His ability to be potent at both ends of the court makes him a valuable asset and one that Coach Davis was not ready to relinquish any time soon.
‘It’s the perfect first step in rebuilding a team to start out with a player like Gareth. We have seen him grow into a seasoned professional on and off the court and players of his caliber and nature don’t come through very often. His versatility makes it fun as a coach to experiment with. Whatever I called him to do last season he managed to handle; whether it being the point guard for the day or guarding the opposing teams biggest guy, he withstood the challenge’.
Murray’s obvious plan was to stick it out with the Rocks and cement his spot within the franchise for the foreseeable future and the Rocks were more than happy to facilitate Gareth and keep him in Scotland.
Murray is excited at coming back to the Rocks and even more keyed up at the prospect of playing in the brand new Commonwealth Arena, which will no doubt be the envy of all other teams within the BBL.
“I really wanted to get things wrapped up quickly during the off-season so that I could focus on my game in the lead up to 2012/13 season. I am more excited than ever to put on a Rocks jersey, especially with the team scheduled to move to the New Commonwealth Arena next season. It will be a very exciting time to be a part of the Glasgow Rocks Franchise.”
Glasgow Rocks General Manager, Daniel Bajwoluk, was clearly delighted at being able to obtain Murray’s services for a further 2 years and found it an imperative step towards strengthening the franchise and making it a Championship contending team.
‘Gareth was the first player that we wanted to secure for the 2012/13 season and we succeeded in doing so, not only for his on-court capabilities but also for his off-court work ethic. He has become a very important element in what we are trying to achieve here at the Rocks and to gain his services for a further 2 years illustrates to our fans that we are doing all we can to make sure that we put together a team that can bring Glasgow home some well overdue Silverware’.
With this first signing complete, Coach Davis and the Rocks will now be looking to secure more players from last season’s squad. Talks with various players have gone well so far and the club are hopeful of announcing further signings in the coming weeks.
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