Glasgow Rocks yesterday announced a double Christmas signing, in the form of American duo Ronald Delph and Christian Keeling.
27-year-old Ronald has been a professional for two years after coming through the NCAA system at Florida Atlantic.
The 7’0″ centre, who has previously played in Europe for Siauliai of the Lithuanian league and Rapla of the Estonian-Latvian league, joins from Moncton Magic of the Canadian NBL.
Last year Ronald posted an average of 11.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in 19 games during a season shortened by the effects of the Covid.
“I feel honored to be here in Glasgow joining the Rocks for the rest of the season,” said Ronald. “The Rocks have presented me with a wonderful opportunity to continue to follow my dreams of being a professional basketball player.
“Glasgow is a beautiful city and the people here are known to be very friendly. It’s a home away from home and I’m extremely excited to suit up and get on the court.”
Player-coach Gareth Murray added, “Ron is a very mobile seven foot tall center with a versatile skill set.
“He brings some experience in Europe already having played in the Basketball Champions League and I expect him to adapt well to this league. He has good footwork and touch around the basket. But also has the ability to be a rim protector on defense.
“He will match up well with the other big guys teams have brought in this year.”
In addition, the Scottish side also unveiled a second signing in form of new American guard Christian Keeling.
22-year-old Christian signed his first-ever professional contract with the Rocks following a very successful collegiate career with Charleston Southern and North Carolina Tar Heels, the former school of Basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The 6’3″ guard ended his NCAA career with an impressive 1,878 points and 692 rebounds over four years in the top tier of intercollegiate athletics shooting a field goal % of .448 and a three point % of .349.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Rocks family this year,” said Christian. “I’m ready to get to work, I’m excited and I’m hungry.
“We are a young team and it’s a thrilling opportunity. I’m looking forward to continuing my development and seeing my chemistry with the guys over the coming months.
“I can’t wait to get on the court and start pushing in the BBL and in the Trophy.”
Player-coach Gareth Murray added, “Christian comes in as big time scorer at Charleston southern before transferring his final year to UNC where he also made a big impact. He can score in multiple ways and will add some fire power to our offense.
“I am very happy we have managed to add a couple of American players to the roster. It gives us some depth and adds more competition in practice with the ability to multiple different lineups and styles.”
Both players are expected to make their debut in the coming weeks.