From the NBA d-League to the Rockhampton Rockets

The McDonald’s Rockhampton Rockets are excited to announce the arrival of 6’1 point guard Chris Fowler.  Fowler joins the Rockets courtesy of the NBA Development League where he was a member of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, an affiliate of the Indiana Pacers.

Fowler was set to join the Rockets at the beginning of the season, however an extension to his D-League contract, followed by a short-term injury, pushed the dynamic guards start date back.  “We’ve been juggling our Roster for the first three rounds of the season which has been a challenge, but we’re thrilled to finally get Chris here and see what he can do” explained Rockets coach Neal Tweedy.

Fowler is the all-time assist leader at Central Michigan University, where he was a four-year captain.  He also holds the record for number of free throws taken and made; a testament to his ability to muscle his way into the keyway and attack the ring.  “His strength and size is going to be a huge asset in our league” said Tweedy.  “He’s able to get to the ring and finish with contact” he continued.

For his part Fowler is excited finally touch down in Rocky.  “It’s been a delayed start, which has been frustrating, but now that I’m here I can’t wait to get some games into me” he said.  When asked what to expect, Fowler described himself as a “high energy player.  I like to push the ball on offense and get to the ring, but I also play both ends of the floor.”

The Rockets roster continues to evolve.  As Fowler comes in, Demond Watt departs, due to an ongoing knee injury.  “It was going to be difficult for Demond to get himself fully right with our schedule, so we felt it was better for him to focus purely on getting healthy”.

Although Fowler and Watt will play different roles, the team is well placed to transition with Coach Tweedy deliberately recruiting a versatile roster at the beginning of the season.  With James Mitchell expected to play some minutes at the four, and Trevor Corrigan gaining some extra opportunities, the team that takes on Townsville in a just over a week will be a far more dynamic and up-tempo combination.

The Rockets season is delicately balanced at 2-2 in what is potentially the most competitive men’s league in QBL history.  With that said, Tweedy is confident that Fowler was worth the wait.  “We believe Chris is going to add a lot to our group, both in terms of production on the court, as well as leadership.  We’ve got a long way to go in terms of the season, but this is a huge step in the right direction” he said.

Fans will get their first opportunity to see Fowler in action on Saturday 27th of May.  Tickets will go on sale on Mon 22nd May, and can be purchased by calling Rockhampton Basketball on 4922 5544.

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