Hipp brings showtime to Power

FORMER Harlem Globetrotter Exree Hipp is set to bring showtime to the Kev Broome Stadium after being announced as the Port City Power men's team import by coach Dean Page.

A ecstatic Page is rapt to have the 204cm (6ft9in) former University of Maryland star signed up as the Power prepare for what is set to be an exciting 2006 Southern Cross Basketball season.

'We are delighted that Exree has agreed to sign with us for this season, he is a massive signing for our program,' Page said.

'To get a player of his experience and quality is a tremendous coup.

'He is a perfect fit, exactly what we, as a program, wanted.'

Page believes Hipp, who is 75 per cent Cherokee Indian and played four seasons with the world-famous Globetrotters, willprovide the Power with a panache unseen in their previous two Southern Cross seasons.

'We are talking about a player who was second in scoring behind NBA player Joe Smith in his time at Maryland and guarded players such as (Seattle superstar) Ray Allen,' he said.

'(Brisbane Bullets coach) Joey Wright saw him play in the NBA summer league last year and said he stood out athletically.''

A versatile player who can play as a centre or forward, Hipp will be the centrepiece of what looks to be an exciting Power roster.

Page expects Hipp's arrival to have a massive impact on not only his team but also the sport in Gladstone, with the import expected to play a key junior coach-ing role.

'Exree's signing is going to have a big impact on the team, he will be double and triple-teamed in my opinion by our opponents which opens up opportunities for our local players,' he said.

'I am looking for guys like Dan Green, Aaron Nagas and Glen Chapman to really benefit from Exree. We still need the local guys to perform if we are going to be successful.

'Off the court ... what kids would not want to be coached by a Harlem Globetrotter and someone who is a character in a PlayStation game (StreetHoops).

'It is an exciting time for the program and I am just rapt the committee has confidence in what we are about.'

Hipp is expected to arrive in early April before the Southern Cross season ips off on April 22 against Bundaberg in Bundaberg.

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