After an illustrious playing career playing in both the US and Europe, Kieron Achara has announced he will retire from professional basketball at the end of the 2018/19 season with the Rocks.
After graduating from Duquesne University Achara turned professional in 2008. He began his career abroad in Italy. He came back to Scotland in 2010 when he joined Rocks for one game against Sheffield Sharks, which they won 80-76. Following two successful years in Spain Achara signed a short two-week contract in 2012 with the Glasgow Rocks. After further spells in Europe, Achara re-signed for the Rocks for the 2014-15 season and remained with the club ever since.
Since returning for the 2014-15 season, Kieron has played in over 150 games for the Rocks and has amassed more than 2000 points for the club. In later seasons, Kieron’s leadership and experience really shone through when he captained the team through some very successful campaigns.
Kieron Achara said;
“I feel like I am still performing well for Glasgow but my interest has increasingly veered towards forging my next career off the basketball court, having played at so many different environments, and enjoyed many rich and varied experiences, I’ll now look to put my knowledge together in a different environment, either in sport or in business. But I know I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunities given to me, from captaining Scotland and GB, to featuring at an Olympic Games and at EuroBasket finals, earning a scholarship to Duquesne University in the USA, and to being able to come home and finish my career with the Rocks. And, of course, my biggest wish is that I can sign off on a high by helping them to win the BBL Playoff title in May.”
Rocks player, Jonny Bunyan said;
“Kieron has been a great teammate of mine for the last 5 years, a great mentor for longer and a great friend almost as far back as I can remember. I’m honoured to have played with him in Fury, Rocks and Scotland jerseys and know that whatever his next step is he will be a huge asset to everyone around him. He has served Scottish basketball as well as anyone before and hopefully, he will continue to influence it in the future.”
Rocks player, Gareth Murray also said;
“Kieron has had a career that people dream about, coming from a small city in Scotland, to his time in the states, his early pro career in the top leagues in Europe. Representing GB in Eurobasket and the Olympics to fulfilling his dream of playing for Scotland in a major tournament. His attention turned to trying to help Scottish players and clubs in his home country and playing for his local pro club the rocks. I have known Kieron since our high school days playing against each other and now 20 years later he has decided to hang them up. I would like to thank him for his leadership, passion, and commitment. As a teammate for multiple years and teams he always has had your back, trying to get the best out of you.
I wish him well in his next adventure.”
Rocks owner, Duncan Smillie said;
“Glasgow Rocks simply cannot thank Kieron Achara enough for the time he has spent here. Kieron took the decision to finish his career in Scotland, a decision that was 100% made with his heart and not the head. Amongst other things, Kieron is a very proud Scotsman. He could have continued playing overseas but he chose to come home and give something back, that says it all about Kieron.”
Despite moving away from his role on the court. Kieron will remain as a member of the board of the Rocks In The Community Foundation.
All of us at the Rocks would like to thank Kieron for the five years he spent with the team and wish him all the best in his future endeavours!