Nathaniel Musters

In big news, Port City Power Men have re-signed 6’10 Center Nathaniel Musters for season 2018.

Musters returns to the Power after his debut season with the club in 2017, recording averages of 8 points and 7 rebounds per game. He shot the ball at an incredibly efficient 52% from the field. Musters had a season high of 25 points and 16 rebounds against the Ipswich Force. Musters is a graduate of Lafayette University, has spent time playing professionally in Ireland and is currently playing for Leeuwarden in Holland.

Enthusiastic about his commitment, Musters said “I am really looking forward to returning to Gladstone. The fans and community were amazing and played a big role in my interest in returning. With the signings that we have already made for season 2018, along with the appointment of our new coach, it will definitely lead to an exciting season. I’m looking forward to making an impact for the club on the floor”

Coach Walmsley was pleased with securing the services of Musters, stating “Re-signing Nate has been a priority for me since season 2017 concluded. I thought he demonstrated some really productive signs last season and I believe his production will continue to increase as we make him more of focus in 2018. More than anything, I have been impressed by Nathaniel’s level of maturity and intellect. Every team wants intelligent people that make good decisions, on and off the court. I know we have added another one of those by re-signing Nate. With both Nate Musters and Shane Walker committing for season 2018, we are going to roll out a fairly formidable front line”

To see Nathaniel in action, take a look at these highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paLpBpZb5WE

Nathaniel Musters

Assistant Coach Men – Ray Scott

Tyler Allen

Port City Power are excited to announce Tyler Allen as the 10th roster signing for 2018. The 6’5 guard has agreed to terms that will see him return for his 3rd season with the club.

In Tyler’s home debut in 2016, he scored 29 points against Toowoomba in a prolific offensive effort. Tyler has since been a dependable and consistent contributor, who has been willing to fill whatever role is necessary. Tyler is established in the community as a positive role model and is someone that has always tried to reinvest in the clubs junior players. We are happy to have him back for season 2018.

On re-signing, Allen said “I’m excited about re-signing with the team for my third season and am excited about being able to play with some new faces, as well as some returning ones. I think the new system is going to work really well with the guys we have and I’m looking forward to being a part of it”

Coach Walmsley said “I am really pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Tyler for season 2018. I had a chance to work with Ty earlier in the off-season and I was really impressed. He has good positional size and length, has tremendous competitive qualities and is dangerous in the open court. Tyler also has some really sound defensive tools and I envision him having some key assignments on that end of the floor. Our style of play should allow Tyler to flourish and I would expect him to have a career year in the QBL this season. Tyler has established authentic and meaningful relationships in his time at the club and I’m looking forward to working with him in 2018”

Head Coach Power Men – Brady Walmsley

Gladstone Port City Power Men will be led by Head Coach Brady Walmsley in season 2018. Brady has extensive coaching experience and will look to leverage those experiences to roll out a revamped and more competitive Power lineup this season. Brady is the State Performance Manager (North) for Basketball Queensland, working as the high performance coach for the Bundaberg to Cairns region. Brady is returning to the QBL sidelines after a 12 month hiatus, having previously coached the Townsville Flames for two seasons in 2015 and 2016.. 

 

Port City Men Coach Brady WalmsleyPort City Men Coach Brady Walmsley

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Gladstone Power Junior Squad Member

Cirkook Riak

Cirkook Riak

Cirkook Riak

Gladstone Port City Power men have signed 6’8 small forward, Cirkook Riak from NSW.

Cirkook has a wealth of experience, previously playing for Lamar State Junior College in Texas, Werribee in Victorias Big V competition, St George in NSWs Warratah League, as well as representing an Australian contingent at the recent Jump10 world challenge in China. These vast playing experiences will serve him well as he embarks on his next challenge with Gladstone in the QBL.

Coach Walmsley said “Our signing of Cirkook is further evidence of the value we are placing on the character of our athletes. Each reference spoke on his infectious personality and his positivity, which is so vital for our program and its direction. On the court, he is a 6’8 athletic dynamo, with an ability to use his length and versatility to impact the game on both ends of the floor. He is a good perimeter shooter and runs the floor like a gazelle. Cirkook has great competitive instincts and will no doubt become a fan favourite very quickly. He may not be familiar with the QBL yet, but it is only a matter of time before the QBL becomes familiar with him. I appreciate that Cirkook has put his faith in us and has committed to represent our program, it’s fans, the sponsors and the broader community of Gladstone in 2018”

About his commitment, Cirkook said “I’m very excited about this new adventure, joining the club and being able to represent the city of Gladstone and the Port City Power. I’ve heard that the QBL is a competitive league and that immediately caught my attention. After countless conversations with family and friends, it was clear that making the decision to play for Coach Brady was one that was just too good to pass up. I’m excited to live in a new city and further my basketball career in the QBL”

Welcome to the family, Cirkook!

cirkook

Jordan Lum Kon

The Gladstone Port City Power men have added another piece to the 2018 puzzle with the addition of guard Jordan Lum Kon from Sydney, NSW.

Jordan has played at the highest senior level in NSW, representing both Parramatta Wildcats and Maitland Mustangs in the Waratah League. Jordan also played with the St George Saints in the NSW state league. Jordan has recently returned from representing team Australia in the Jump10 challenge in China, where he was teammates with recent McDonalds Port City Power signing Cirkook Riak. Off the court, Jordan founded his own Basketball development company, ‘Grassroots Hoops’, where he looks to provide provide pathway’s and opportunities for young aspiring players.

About this announcement, Coach Walmsley said “Every successful team has a player like Jordan Lum Kon. He is the ultimate team guy and will be extraordinary for the culture of our club. In our conversations, Jordan has demonstrated a refreshing level of humility and selflessness that is going to be contagious. He is someone that will genuinely put the needs of the team ahead of his own, which is a characteristic that can be unique in quality players at this level. Jordan is a strong guard with a rugby league background. His mixture of physicality and quickness will allow him to comfortably defend both guard positions. He has a great tempo about his offensive rhythm and is someone who can play effectively at multiple speeds. He is a good ball screen user and is going to create open looks for the number of shooters we have already added to the roster for 2018. I’d like to welcome Jordan, his wife and their daughter to the McDonalds Port City Power family”

In response, Jordan said “I’m excited to have been given this opportunity to play in the QBL representing the Gladstone McDonalds Port City Power. I am honoured to be a part of the talented team Coach Walmsley is putting together. I look forward to relocating to Gladstone and playing for a club that has so much community support”

To get an insight into what Jordan will bring to the Power in 2018, check out these highlights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoidTePh_KY

Matthew Hancock

Gladstone Port City Power Men have signed current Illawarra Hawks NBL Development Player, Matt Hancock.

Matt has an extensive basketball resume, including time spent at Lamar University and the University of West Alabama in the United States. In recent seasons, Matt has spent time in development roles with the Illawarra Hawks and Melbourne United in the NBL. Matt previously represented the Geraldton Buccaneers in the WA SBL. Matt is a 6′4 guard, known for his shooting ability and his individual defensive capabilities.

On his commitment to the Power, Matt said “I am extremely excited to be working with Coach Walmsley and the rest of the team for the upcoming QBL season. I am hopeful that my college and NBL experience can bring another dimension to the team, as we strive towards the common goal of winning a championship. I look forward to becoming a part of this tight knit community, both on and off the court”

With excitement, Coach Walmsley said “Matt is the perfect addition to our roster. He is an impactful offensive player, a competitive bulldog and someone that takes pride in his ability as a defensive stopper. Matt has experience at the NBL level and will leverage those experiences to ensure success in the QBL. In my conversations with Matt, it is clear our priorities are aligned. Matt wants to be part of a winning program and is eager to lead the Port City Power men back into relevance in season 2018. Having someone of Matt’s calibre choose to sign with our program speaks volumes to the direction we are heading”

Do yourself a favour and check Matt’s highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-7MFyjK0hE

Taylor Young

In exciting news for the Gladstone Port City Power men’s program, the team has secured the services of import combo guard Taylor Young for the 2018 season.

Taylor comes to the program with QBL experience, having featured in four games for the Rockhampton Rockets in season 2017, with averages of 14.5PPG, 3.25RPG and 2APG. Taylor is a graduate of Warner Pacific University in the United States.

When asked about this signing, Coach Walmsley said “In signing Taylor, we have added a person we trust will have an outstanding impact on the community of Gladstone, both on the court and off. Taylor is a player that exemplifies our vision for how this team will play in 2018. He is electric in transition, is a crafty offensive playmaker and is a committed defender with the ability to defend a number of positions. Whilst only in a short-term role, Taylor has experienced the standard of the QBL competition and has proven to be someone who can produce at this level. I am very excited to introduce Taylor as our first signing for 2018 and believe he embodies all the characteristics that we wish to represent as a program moving forward”

In response to his signing, Taylor had this to say “Choosing to sign with Gladstone for the 2018 season was an easy decision for me when Coach Walmsley approached me with the opportunity. Coach knows basketball, is a very genuine person and is someone I have a pre-existing relationship with. Based on that, I was confident that playing for him, in this situation, would be hugely beneficial for my professional basketball career. I think I can bring a competitive and winning attitude to the Gladstone program, which should generate some buzz around the community. Coach has had some fantastic things to say about the fans and supporters in the town of Gladstone and I’m looking forward to representing them on the court in 2018”

Welcome Taylor. We are excited to have you on board.

Power up!

To view highlights of Taylor, see this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AqUrGT4ZrM

 

Patrick Ciganovic

Another familiar face returns in 2018, as Patrick Ciganovic recommits to the Gladstone Port City Power.

The 6’6 wing is coming off his debut year in the QBL in 2017, where he had a season high 15 against the Logan Thunder. Ciganovic will look to use his 2017 experience in the QBL to propel him to greater heights in 2018. Ciganovic is a graduate of NAIA Mount Marty college in the United States and is a product of the South Australian junior high performance pathway.

On his return, Ciganovic noted “I am very grateful to Coach Walmsley for giving me the opportunity to return to Gladstone next year. My first season was very enjoyable and I can’t wait to be a part of the wonderful community again! With some QBL experience under my belt, I hope to play a role in the team returning to the playoffs in 2018”

Enthused by the addition, Coach Walmsley said “In assessing the teams areas for improvement from 2017, we identified shooting, pace of play, versatility and character as the boxes we wanted to check with our 2018 recruitment. In signing Pat, we feel he has the ability to continue to add to a roster that bolsters strength in those areas. Pat offers great versatility, has a relentless competitive spirit and is a player that thrives in a team-first system. With some more consistent opportunities, I think we will find Pat to be an effective offensive player for this group. Most importantly, he is someone who has built good relationships with the community and will continue to make impactful contributions beyond the hardwood”

To get a glimpse of what Patrick will produce, take a look at these highlights
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rzNPFEbxSBQ