Import centre Oliver Hill is ready to fire in the Southern Cross Basketball Division competition.
Import centre Oliver Hill is ready to fire in the Southern Cross Basketball Division competition.

The latest big thing

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

HE is probably the biggest thing to ever hit Gladstone ... EVER.

Standing at an awesome 6 foot 9 (206 centimetres), Giants Liquor Port City Power recruit Oliver Hill is what you would call one big unit.

A New Zealand international at youth level, 21-year-old Hill is certainly going to add some much-needed height, strength and rebounding ability to the Power line-up.

The gentle giant, who arrived in the country on Tuesday night, cannot wait to get onto the court in the harbour city.

"I am really looking forward to playing, I met a few of the boys yesterday and want to do my best for the Power,'' Hill said.

Hill joins the Power from the Nelson Giants who play in the New Zealand NBL and has been informed what to expect while in Australia.

"I am good friends with Luke Martin (Sydney Kings) guard and he told me what the league is like, so I have got a little bit of an idea,'' he said.

The son of a Kiwi basketball legend, Hill has years of top-level basketball experience to draw upon including a successful two years at college in America.

"Yeah, basketball runs through my family because Mum and Dad both represented New Zealand and my brother plays in the New Zealand NBL.

"I have always played it and I have been able to play at college which was a great experience, I just hope I can bring something to the Power team,'' he said.

Coach Dean Page certainly thinks so and is looking forward to his new big man matching it with the best centres in the Southern Cross Division.

"Oliver will bring a lot to our side, it frees up the workload of Suchy (Nick Such),'' Page said.

With the Power having a bye this weekend, Hill will have to wait until next weekend's away clash against the Gold Coast Rage to make his debut.



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