Scottish guard Scott Russell is to return to the Glasgow Rocks for his 3rd season with his local side. Originating from Johnstone, Russell's role has increased year on year since he signed with the Rocks in 2007 and player/coach Sterling Davis is pleased to have retained him for another year:
"Scott is a great guy to have on your team. He works hard everyday in practice on which his efforts have really paid off in his development through his time here. Scott is one of those guys who do all the intangibles on a team whether it be through encouragement, leading by example or just asking if you need that extra hand; he's that guy. He is a big part of our community efforts and a real role-model for Scottish kids who aspire to play at the next level both on and off the court."
Russell is a key figure in the Rocks community programmes, Jump2it and Twilight basketball and when he's not training and playing with the Rocks, Russell is out in the community coaching kids and inspiring them to lead a healthier life style.
Ian Reid, chief executive of Scottish Sports Futures commented on the work Scott does for the organisation:
"Scott is a real ambassador for what we do here. He has worked with us through the summer on a number of initiatives and we are glad to have him returning to his role at the Rocks and Scottish Sports Futures"
A product of the Scottish National League set-up, Russell is enthusiastic about the Rocks move into the lower divisions and the inroads the club is making into player development.
"I began my basketball career with Falkirk Fury and was able to get my break into the pro league through the Rocks open tryouts. If I hadn't impressed that day making the jump would have been difficult but with the Rocks now being represented at lower division levels, players like I was then, will have the chance to break into the first team It's a big jump but one day I hope to see more Scottish players on the Rocks squad."
Fellow Scot, Mike McGregor will also return to the squad following his rookie season at pro level. McGregor is another product of the Rocks open tryouts and Rocks player/coach Sterling Davis believes his first year has seen great improvement in his game:
"When Mike first came in last season, he was very conscious of his role on the team and kind of held in a lot of the talent he has. Now that he has that first season behind him and knows what to expect, we are really beginning to see a different side of him on the court. He is a very smart player and knows the game well and has the ability to adjust quickly which is what is necessary for anyone to be a good player."
"I think both Mike and Scott are great ambassadors for Scottish basketball and its development. The way they both carry themselves on and off the court would definitely live up to the label that I think they deserve."
Russell and McGregor will join their team mates for the official pre-season launch of the Glasgow Rocks next Monday 21st September (7.00pm, Kelvin Hall). The Rocks tip-off the new season later that week on Sunday 27th September with the visit of BBL rivals Newcastle Eagles.