The McDonalds Rockhampton Rockets are pleased to announce the signing of American import Jordan Gregory for the upcoming 2016 season.
Jordan is a shooting guard who played collegiately at Montana University, where he played 4 years of Div 1 College basketball. He was selected First Team All Big Sky Conference and was also recognized for his outstanding post-season play with All-Tournament First Team selection. Jordan was co-captain on a team that played in 3 Conference championship games over his 4 years.
Rockets coach Neal Tweedy is known around the league for unearthing outstanding Americans, and he is confident that he’s found another great recruit in Gregory. “With the loss of some key scorers to our program over the last few years we needed someone who can score the ball. He has deep, almost unlimited range on his jump shot and has the ability to put points on the board quickly” says Tweedy.
“He is a tough competitor who plays hard on both ends of the court. We are going to be a very young team this year compared to our previous teams, and we see Jordan as a great role model for our younger players” Tweedy continued.
Although Gregory is a young player himself, he has proven leadership qualities and has shown multiple times that he is able to stand up under pressure, hitting a number of game winners over his career with the Montana Grizzlies.
Jordan’s work ethic is reflected through his recognition as an academic all American on the back of completing two degrees in his four years at College, whilst also growing significantly as a player. “Whilst our primary focus is selecting the best possible player on the court, it’s also important that we find well balanced individuals off the court” says Tweedy.
Gregory is looking forward to touching down in Rockhampton and getting to know the city. “Colorado is a fairly cold climate, especially right now where you can have days that are minus seven degrees (Celsius). It’s going to be a nice change to catch some sun” said an excited Gregory.
Well aware of the Rocket’s proud history, Gregory is looking forward to leaving his own mark on the organization. “Coach Tweedy has built a great program with a long run of success. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of winning teams everywhere I’ve gone, and I’m hopeful that I can continue that tradition with the Rockets”.
The Rockets will enter pre-season training later this month ahead of their round one clash with the Gladstone Power on the 30th of April.