The McDonald’s Rockhampton Rockets are thrilled to announce the signing of versatile guard/forward James Mitchell for the upcoming 2017 QBL season.
Mitchell has built a stellar six-year career in Cairns, which was capped off last season when he captained the Marlins to the QBL Championship. The championship was made even sweeter with Mitchell delivering career best form, finishing the season averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists a game.
Despite the impressive stats, Mitchell prefers to focus on his effort, and the impact he can have on his team-mates. “I’m definitely a team guy. Because of my versatility I can play a variety of roles within the team depending on where I’m needed. That’s always my focus. How can I contribute to the team and help lift everyone else up?” explains Mitchell.
Head Coach Neal Tweedy is excited by what Mitchell will bring to the group. “We love the flexibility he brings as a starting point. He can impact the game in so many different ways. He really is a complete player”.
“He’s also a noted defender. We probably haven’t been where we want to be defensively the past two seasons, so that will be a major focus this year” said Tweedy. It’s an area of the game in which Mitchell has a genuine passion. “I love to get the task of shutting down the opposition’s star player. It’s always a great challenge, and a great personal test” he said.
Mitchell will not only be a fantastic fit for the McDonalds Rockhampton Rockets on the court, but is also expected to be a great addition to the Rockhampton community off the court. He is currently studying Primary Teaching, and his passion for helping to empower youth whether it be through teaching, coaching, or mentoring is clear.
“To be honest I just love to connect with people. Playing sport in a regional community provides a fantastic platform to have a positive impact on the people in that community. It’s a great honour, and something that I don’t take for granted” says Mitchell. When playing with the Cairns Taipans in the NBL as a Development Player, Mitchell was recognized by the club receiving one of their most prestigious awards; the ‘Commitment to Community’ award.
“That’s obviously a key factor when looking at who we want to bring into our program” said Tweedy. “We want to find guys who will excel on the court, but it’s equally important that we find guys who are going to contribute to our culture. James is a born leader with an infectious attitude. He’s going to be a fantastic role model for our relatively young squad”.
The McDonalds Rockhampton Rockets have finalized two pre-season games against the Gladstone Power, with the Rockets hosting the Power on Easter Sunday at Hegvold Stadium. Mitchell can’t wait to suit up for his new team. “I know the history of the program well. The Rockets are probably the most successful QBL team over the past 10 years and I can’t wait to help the team build on that legacy” he said.
Tickets for the Easter Sunday game will go on sale from Mon 3rd of April and can be purchased by calling 07 4922 5544.