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Rocks opt for Garbelotto

Glasgow Rocks have appointed Tony Garbelotto as the club's new head coach, on an initial two-year deal.

Garbelotto joins the Rocks with a wealth of experience across all levels of the game.

He said: "I am very pleased to be named the new Glasgow Rocks Head Coach.

"This franchise and club has long been considered one of the top clubs in the UK and I am excited about the possibility of bringing success to the club, Glasgow and Scotland.

"I hope that I can not only make an impact on the court by ultimately winning silverware, but also make an impact in the community and leave an ongoing legacy for basketball in Scotland."

Garbelotto began his coaching career in 1993 with the London Towers and went on to coach in Iceland, Germany and more recently Vietnam, where he was named head coach of the national team.

He was Assistant coach to the Great Britain Olympic Men's Team and has also served time as the England men's team Head Coach. As impressive and illustr…

Vigor flying again with Bristol

Mike Vigor has penned a new one-year deal with the Bristol Flyers, with an option to extend for a further year.

The Australian forward returns for his third season in the BBL, after joining the Flyers in June 2016 following a one-year spell with the Plymouth Raiders.

Born in Aberdeen, Vigor made 33 appearances last season, averaging 9.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

"There's just a really good feeling around the club," Vigor told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"The fact that they have a three-to-five year plan shows there's some really exciting times ahead.

"We want to be a powerhouse club. We don't want to just make it into the play-offs anymore - we see ourselves as a top four team in the years to come."

The 6ft 9in forward also has experience in Australia's top flight with the Perth Wildcats and in the second tier (SEABL) with the Bendigo Braves.

Vigor, who holds both Australian and British nationality, is currently playing for the Perth Redbacks …

GB and BBL legend Drew Sullivan retires

GB basketball legend and former captain Drew Sullivan has retired from the sport of basketball. The two time MVP and the Great Britain Olympic Captain has announced his retirement from basketball as one of the most successful player in BBL history.  Sullivan played in over 300 BBL games in his 12 seasons of play in the BBL as well as time in Europe throughout his career. He said: “I have been playing basketball for over two decades, “I have had an amazing time representing my county, some amazing clubs and playing here [Leicester] for the five seasons but today I am announcing my retirement. “It is bitter sweet as I enjoy playing here for this club so much but it has to happen at some stage and the time is right and I look forward to starting the next chapter of my life.  “There have been some amazing moments, representing Great Britain at the Olympics and play in London a stone’s throw from where I grew up with family and friends able to watch me play. “Winning the first league title he…

Khan in again at Worcester

Worcester Wolves Basketball Club have announced the re-signing of Ashton Khan for his third season with the team. Khan first joined the Wolves for the 2015–16 campaign and last season, averaged eight points and three assists per game for the University of Worcester-owned side The 6ft 1in guard, says he hopes to help the team - which went on a 12-game winning streak in the second half of the season - finish what it started last time around. Wolves Head Coach, Paul James, said he was delighted that Khan had decided to stay on with the club for the upcomingBritish Basketball Leagueseason and that even more was expected from him this time around. "Ashton is an important part of what we are building here at Worcester,” he said. “I have watched Ashton mature as a player and a person since being with us and he has had some very special performances to go with that. “He is a very exciting guard and will be even better this season than he was last. I expect even bigger things to come from him.” …

Smith signs up with the Flyers

Leslee Smith has become the second player to sign a one-year extension with the Bristol Flyers.

The British Virgin Islands international, who joined the club from Olimpi Tbilisi last summer, has now committed until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Prior to playing in the top flight in Georgia, Smith played NCAA Division One basketball at Nebraska in the 'Big Ten' conference.

"It feels really good to be back next season," Smith told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"Bristol Flyers are a special club - last season was just our third year in the BBL and it's the second time we've made it to the play-offs.

"We've been flying under the radar over the past few years so I think this season is the one to really make some noise in this league."

Smith made 32 appearances for the Flyers last season, averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

The 26-year-old also has experience on the international stage, having represented the British Virgin Islands at the 2014 FIBA…