Port City Power signs star American import
BASKETBALL: Gladstone's Port City Power has announced its first signing for next year's QBL season.
Star American import Taylor Young will join the Power after playing four games for the Rockhampton Rockets earlier this year.
The combo guard, a graduate of Warner Pacific University, averaged 14.5 points, 3.25 rebounds, and two assists per game.
Power coach Brady Walmsley said he was "very excited" to introduce Young as the team's first signing for 2018.
Despite Young having only played four games in the league, Walmsley said he had already proven himself able to produce at a QBL level.
"Taylor is a player that exemplifies our vision for how this team will play in 2018," he said.
"We have added a person we trust will have an outstanding impact on the community of Gladstone, both on the court and off."
Walmsley said Taylor was "electric in transition, a crafty offensive play-maker and a committed defender" with the ability to guard a number of positions.
Young said choosing to sign with Power was "an easy decision".
"Coach (Walmsley) knows basketball, is a very genuine person and is someone I have a pre-existing relationship with," he said.
"Based on that, I was confident that playing for him in this situation would be hugely beneficial for my professional basketball career.
"I think I can bring a competitive and winning attitude to the Gladstone program which should generate some buzz around the community.
"Coach had some fantastic things to say about the fans and the supporters in Gladstone and I'm looking forward to representing them on the court in 2018."
Young's signing will be another morale boost for the Power squad, which finished 2017 with a 5-12 record but rallied towards the end of the season.