Bull's got horns
BUNDABERG Bulls will welcome former American college basketballer Rodrick Stewart to the fray in the coming Queensland Basketball League season.
It will be the experienced point guard's third professional contract, after serving with Bashkimi in the Kosovo Super League and Fokopo in the premier Finland Korisliiga League competition.
Stewart established a reputation as an aggressive and dogged point guard during an American college basketball career that included stints at Southern California and Kansas State universities.
Coach Danny Page hoped the acquisition of an experienced point guard would be the final piece in the puzzle for the Bulls and help to revitalise his team.
He said Stewart, pictured, had proven himself as a gifted playmaker and an aggressive opponent and would complement the up-front efforts of forward and fellow American import Will Shackleford.
"Bundaberg has no shortage of great shooters to choose from and I think we've got the best forward in the league in Shackleford," Page said.
"Rodrick is really going to bolster the team and his play-making ability is really going to help us get points on the board."
It is understood a decision by Stewart and his American teammates to resign from positions with Kosovo team Bashkimi because of safety concerns paved the way for his passage to Bundaberg.
Page said Stewart would help to revitalise the team, both in terms of his technical skill and his proven track record as a leader.
"He's a great athlete and he's a winner," Page said.
"He's got excellent leadership skills and a winning mentality."
In an email to Bundaberg Basketball Association, Stewart said he was looking forward to taking on a new challenge in Australia.
"I heard that the people in Bundaberg love basketball. I'm the type of person that doesn't do much talking, I just lead by example on and off the court," he said.
Stewart comes from a proud sporting family. His twin brother Lodrick is a professional basketballer who has played in Europe and the NBA D League.
His father Andrew has claimed 11 world titles and 14 national titles at the World Drug Free Championships.
"I heard that it's the country you would want to be in if you are away from home. My dad has taken numerous trips to Australia and he always came back telling me he could live there," Stewart said.
Stewart will arrive in Bundaberg in April for pre-season training.
The Queensland Basketball League season will begin Saturday, May 12.