Field narrows to two for Power?s new US import

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE FIELD has been narrowed to just two as Port City Power men's coach Dean Page decides who is going to be the team's import for the 2006 Southern Cross season. Page revealed to The Observer his import list had just two names on it ? Chris Crosby and Exree Hip.

Crosby is a 6'8'' (204cm) forward who averaged 15 points per game during his four-year college career at Washington State.

After college, Crosby played for Page with the Mackay Meteors, topping the QABL Super 8 league in scoring, averaging 32.5 points per game.

Hip is a 6'9'' (207cm) forward who was a defensive specialist during his college career before spending four years as part of the Harlem Globetrotters.

At 32 years of age, Hip is five years older than Crosby, but that has not come into the thinking of Page who has targeted his sights on an experienced player.

'Age plays its part, but we are deliberately looking for a player with experience,' Page said.

Page added both players had made a verbal agreement to come to the harbour city, but said his final decision would definitely take in considerations both on and off the court.

'The player we sign whether it is Chris or Exree is dependent as much on how they fit into the team, town and community than just on the court,' he said.

'You can sign any guy who can play and score, but my thinking is we are looking for a player for 60 per cent off-court and 40 on the court.

'We want someone who can be a role model and generate interest in the game in Gladstone.'

Page would not be drawn on which import he favoured, but said a final decision would be made as soon as possible.

'I am hoping we can get it all settled in the next couple of weeks,' he said.

'There are a number of factors such as visas and clearances that take time to be processed, so we want that to be done in good time before the season starts.'



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