Glasgow Rocks have made their tenth signing of the summer after adding Great Britain international Joe Hart to the roster.
The 6ft 5in shooting guard featured 41 times for Newcastle in all competitions last season, averaging over 17 minutes per game.
At 24 years of age, Hart already has four years of professional basketball under his belt having spent three seasons in Spain.
His first two spells were with Peñas Huesca and ServiGroup Benidorm, but Hart was instrumental in Araberri Basket Club securing the championship in 2015-16, shooting 18 points in the final game to clinch victory in the Play-Offs.
The Southend-born guard also won silverware at Newcastle last season, where they triumphed over the Rocks in the BBL Cup final, before losing to Leicester in the BBL Play-Off Final.
Graduating from Lakehead University in Canada, Hart gained his first full international cap in 2015 against New Zealand and captained Great Britain Under-20s at the European Championships in 2013.
He featured in Rocks colours last Sunday where he scored seven points against USA Select, and is hoping that a fruitful season in Glasgow will lead him back into international reckoning.
“I’m happy to be here in Scotland and am looking forward to playing with the guys on the team,” commented Hart.
Coach Garbelotto was delighted to find what he sees as the last piece of the jigsaw and believes that the capture of someone of Joe’s calibre presents him with a squad brimming with options.
He stated: “I am very happy to have secured Joe to play for us this season. He is one of the very best shooters we have in the UK and along with his size and basketball IQ, he is a perfect fit for our team here in Glasgow.
“The players are excited that he is here and we look forward to working with him on a daily basis.”
Glasgow Rocks begin their new season in earnest on October 1st at the Emirates Arena when they take on Sheffield Sharks in their season opener. Tickets now available via the Rocks website at www.glasgowrocks.co.uk/tickets