Rocks turn to Thompson after releasing Harrison

Glasgow Rocks have secured the signing of point guard Mikey Thompson, with Martez Harrison being released by the club.

The former Boise State University graduate flew in to join up with the squad for the first time today and will go straight into the Rocks squad for Sunday’s game against Surrey Scorchers.

Thompson played for Czech Republic side Sulenta Usti and Slovakian team MBK Banik Handlova last season, during his first year as a professional.

It’s a like for like swap, and while Rocks head coach Tony Garbelotto admitted it was a tough call to make releasing Harrison, it was one he felt that had to be done.

He said: “Unfortunately we released Martez Harrison this week. Martez was an unbelievable competitor and a great teammate.

“We don’t ever want to go down that road of releasing players, but he wasn’t 100 per cent fit and we feel we had to upgrade that position.”

The 25-year-old Thompson averaged 14.5 points per game during his 24 games with Czech side Sulenta Usti last year, his first season as a professional, with an average of 2.5 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game.

It builds on his impressive senior year at Boise State, starting 30 of 32 games during the 2016-17 season for the Broncos, leading the team in minutes played per game, free throw percentage and assists per game.

The American also holds the accolade of collecting the most wins by a player ever in the Boise State programme, and was the 26th player in the history of the team to reach 1,000 points.

Garbelotto is hoping the point guard can have an immediate impact for the Rocks against the Scorchers on Sunday.

The head coach added: “It’s going to be baptism for him, but he’s played high level professional basketball.

“He is a player who is going to bring a new dynamic to our team, a new confidence from that position and we’re looking forward to that.”

Harrison joined the club in September starting all their league games this season, averaging 10.78 points per game. Everyone at the club thanks Harrison for his contribution at the Rocks and wishes him well for the future.