Port City Power patient on boost in size
BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power coach Blair Smith has settled on his squad ahead of the 2017 Queensland Basketball League season but there's still pieces of the puzzle yet to fall into place.
Smith has a 19-man squad to choose from although only 17 will be available come Round One against the Mackay Meteors at Kev Broome Stadium on Saturday, April 29.
Tall timber recruits Patrick Ciganovic (198cm) and Nathaniel Musters (211cm) will miss the start of the season due to college and overseas playing commitments respectively.
As the countdown to the QBL season draws closer, Smith knows he must make do with a lack of size until Ciganovic and Musters return to complement fellow big man Willie Shackleford.
"(Ciganovic) will miss the first few games," Smith said.
"He's in college so he'll graduate on May 13 so we'll have him in Round Four.
"We are undersized until we get Nathaniel (Musters) and Patrick here... but then we'll get some good size coming in and in rounds four and five we'll have (198cm) and (211cm) guys which will help us size-wise."
South Australian product Ciganovic, 23, is currently in the United States at Mount Marty College in South Dakota, while Musters, also 23, is playing in the Ireland Super League for club Commercial.ie Eanna.
Smith says every player in his squad has the opportunity to pull on a Port City singlet each week.
"We've got a squad of 19 and we'll pick the best guys who are getting it done in training," he said.
"Those will be the ones who make the roster for that week. That's a luxury we've never had, to have all those guys come to training is fantastic."
The Power will also have 200cm Mitch Knight in their squad who recently returned from the under-18 national titles with Botond Hajos and Jace Arnold.
2017 PORT CITY POWER SQUAD
- 3 Remy Lawyer
- 5 Dylan Owen
- 6 Chris Tucker
- 8 Jariya Blackman-Bobbert
- 10 Josh Walters
- 11 Tyler Allen
- 12 Troy Robinson
- 21 Nathaniel Musters
- 24 Will Shackleford
- 30 Mitchell Knight
- 32 Patrick Ciganovic
- 51 Ray Willis
- Botond Hajos
- Scott Russell
- Jonathan Voltz
- Declan King
- Joshua Melaney
- Samuel Jenkins
- Jace Arnold
- Lachie Wilmont
- Coach: Blair Smith.