The Glasgow Rocks are proud to announce the signing of Italian/American off guard Antonio DiMaria. The signing of DiMaria comes off the back of the unexpected departure of Croatian sharp shooter, Marin Zelalija, who decided to head back to Croatia due to personal reasons.
The Rocks welcome DiMaria, who originally emanates from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to round out the roster for the upcoming season. The 26 year old, who attended the University of Utah before moving onto NCAA II Emporia State University, averaged 12 points per game during the 2011/12 season as a senior.
The 6’6” Italian-American joins the Rocks for his second professional basketball season following his stint at Recinor Ferrol CB basketball team in Spain where he averaged 8.6 points per game.
Antonio has been a late addition to the now completed Rocks squad, but already appears to be a valuable asset and has slotted in nicely with the existing players during his first week at training. Coach Sterling Davis has been impressed with the way that Antonio has performed during the pre-season and he is hoping that he can play a vital role in the quest for Silverware this season.
“Antonio is a guy that will bring us that added depth on the perimeter both offensively and defensively. He has played at some very competitive levels in the US collegiate system and also has some international experience spending last season in the Spanish EBA league.”
“He is very hard-nosed and plays with a chip on his shoulder- a type of player every team needs. We are excited about his potential in this league.”
During DiMaria’s high school basketball days, he scored an impressive 1,572 points at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, was named an All-State in his sophomore and senior year as well as an All-City selection in his freshman, sophomore and senior years.
Along with other players such as Fran Urli and Daniel Northern who clock in at 6’8” and 6’9” respectively, 6’6” DiMaria is another big addition to the team who will no doubt prove to be a tough match-up for some of the opposition. After his successful college basketball career and following his first year playing professionally in Spain, DiMaria is looking forward to returning to the game this season with the Rocks and is ready to prove himself in the BBL.
Catch Antonio DiMaria and the rest of the team in action this weekend at the Pre-Season Invitational Event on Saturday 21st of September and Sunday 22nd of September when Glasgow Rocks take on a USA Select Team and German ProA team, MLP Heidelberg at Emirates Arena. Tickets are still available for this event via the Glasgow Rocks website www.glasgowrocksc.o.uk