Glasgow Rocks have signed American player Dante Holmes on a one-year contract.
The 6ft 3in guard, most recently of North Carolina Central Eagles, is head coach Tony Garbelotto’s second signing of the summer after Ali Fraser. The 26 year-old from Baltimore is the Scottish team’s first imported signing of the season, which leaves two work permit places left on the roster.
Holmes, who has a Major in Psychology at North Carolina Central University, averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game not to mention shooting an impressive 44.5 percent from the field during the 2015-2016 season.
He comes from good stock, as his grandfather, Dickey Kelly, averaged 40 points per game at Wheeling Jesuit before the three-point line was invented.
Head coach Tony Garbelotto is confident his team is shaping up nicely ahead of the upcoming British Basketball League season, and believes Holmes will be a valuable addition.
He said: “I think he is going to be an excellent wing player that can operate opposite Gareth Murray. I think he is going to be an excellent wing player that can operate opposite Gareth Murray.
"This is a high-level basketball player. He’s going to be a very good defender for us, rebound the ball well and penetrate and get to the free-throw line. I just think he’s a good all-round package, a great three-point shooter.
“This is a big 7-10 days for us in that we are trying to get the core of the team and the three import spots signed and sealed, then we can bottom out the rest of the roster.
“Literally from day one when we finally signed Ali Fraser, I already knew what we needed to do, so I’m happy with how things have gone so far," concluded Garbelotto.