Matrakov maintains role with Rocks

Glasgow Rocks have secured the services of Boris Matrakov for the 2017-18 season, with the Bulgarian signing a new contract with the club.

The 22 year-old, who studied mathematics at the University of Glasgow, has chosen to extend his spell at the Emirates after a burgeoning end to his rookie year in the BBL wetting his appetite to compete at this level.

Having won a place on last season’s roster as another success story of the Rocks’ faith in the open trials concept, minutes on court were initially hard to come by. However, his dedication eventually told and he developed into an integral member of the team in the latter stages of last season, with mounting injuries providing him with the platform to make his mark.

During the high-pressure final seven games of the season, Matrakov helped the Rocks secure a play-off spot by averaging 8.7 points per game in an average court time of 19 minutes.

His most impressive cameo came when he chalked up 14 points against Sheffield Sharks in front of the BBC Cameras.

“I’m very happy to be part of the Glasgow Rocks again this year,” said the player.

“The club is moving in a great direction and I’m very optimistic about the season ahead. I can’t wait to see the fans again and to hopefully win some Silverware.”

At 6ft 5in, the imposing European is a dependable character who Tony Garbelotto believes will again show his worth.

“I am excited to coach Boris,” stated the play-caller.

“He has excellent technical skills and great basketball instincts. He showed he can play and contribute last season with two big games against Newcastle and Sheffield. I believe he will become an excellent utility player for us.”

Glasgow Rocks begin their new campaign on September 10th at home against a USA Select side in the first of a series of pre-season friendlies before starting their season in earnest on October 1st.

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