The Glasgow Rocks have signed a 2 year deal with Team GB Co-Captain, Kieron Achara, which will see the 6’10” Scottish star stay in Glasgow until the end of the 2016/17 BBL season.
Kieron Achara finished the 2014/15 season with a number of accolades to his name including making the BBL all British Team of the Year and BBL all Defensive Team of the Year as well as taking home the Glasgow Rocks Team MVP award. Achara averaged 13.7 points per game to go along with 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocks and he will now be looking to consolidate his place as one of the standout players in the BBL after agreeing to play for the Glasgow based team until the end of the 2016/17 season.
Achara had the following to say about his decision to stay in Scotland after he was head hunted by a number of other BBL clubs.
“I am very excited to be coming back to the Glasgow Rocks for the next 2 seasons and am hoping to achieve big things while I am here. I am fully committed to helping the team achieve their goal of obtaining Silverware and where better to achieve that goal than in your home country.”
Achara was born in Stirling and played for Clark Eriksson Falkirk Fury as a junior. He then made the move to the USA where he played college basketball at Duquesne where he finished 19th on the all-time scoring list and 2nd all-time for blocked shots. Since his tenure at College, he has spent his time in the top professional leagues in Italy, Spain, Greece and Bulgaria.
After years of playing overseas, Achara decided to come back to Scotland to finish off his career and has now confirmed his commitment to the Glasgow Rocks franchise as a marquee signing for the next 2 seasons.
Glasgow Rocks General Manager, Daniel Bajwoluk, was thrilled at acquiring the services of Achara for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.
“Signing Kieron to a 2 year deal is a huge coup for the Rocks franchise. It means we can look for players that will compliment what Kieron already gives us on the court. With a full season playing in the BBL under his belt, Kieron knows what to expect and I hope that will translate into another phenomenal season for him.”
Bajwoluk also commented on the importance of Kieron’s role off the court.
“It’s not only about what Kieron can bring to the team on the court but it’s also what he can help with off the court. I have got to know Kieron quite well over the years and I believe his passion and dedication to this franchise will go a long way in the long term success and stability of the club.”