Cap College an ideal springboard for USA basketball imports

Published:12 June 2019

TOP: G'mrice Davis and Jessica Thomas. BELOW: The import players with (left to right) Cam Tragardh, Kim Harrington and Chris Muggeridge.

The latest USA imports for the CQUniversity Rockhampton Cyclones women's basketball team have found a home among the gum trees at the Capricornia College, on the Rockhampton North campus.

Former Fordham University player G'mrice Davis, a 6' 3" forward, and former University of Miami player Jessica Thomas, a 5' 6" point guard, have secured accommodation at the Cap College as part of CQUni's five-year naming rights sponsorship of the Cyclones.

Rockhampton Basketball General Manager Cam Tragardh said G’mrice wrapped up her four-year collegiate career by becoming just the second player in school history to record over 1000 career points and rebounds.

"G'mrice's stellar first professional season in Greece led her to a WNBA camp invite to the Washington Mystics," he said.

"G’mrice completed the entire pre-season with Washington before being the last player cut from the roster before the season. The close WNBA miss was a Godsend for the CQUniversity Cyclones, meaning the team were able to sign one of the best credentialed players in QBL history."

After sterling service with the University of Miami Lady Hurricanes, Jessica Thomas finished her collegiate career as third in games played, third in three-point shots made, and 10th in assists, in School history.

"The point guard then went on to be one of the top players in Europe in her first professional season," Mr Tragardh said.

"The dynamic play-maker now joins the CQUniversity Cyclones in their quest for the 2019 QBL Championship."

G'mrice says she is looking forward to meshing into the Cyclones line-up and becoming one of the key parts to lead the team into the championship.

"After our first game I feel we gel well together. We are still figuring some things out but the potential of this team is tremendous once all the pieces come together."

Jessica says she is looking forward to winning the championship with the Cyclones and getting better as a player.

"I'm keen to exert positive energy to the team and make them want to win as much as I do, by working hard and being a leader for this team towards the championship."

CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor (Rockhampton Region), Kim Harrington says the naming rights agreement with the Cyclones will promote and enhance the University’s relationship with hundreds of local female players, as well as the elite competitors.

"The Cyclones will spend some of their training time on campus at the CQUni stadium and gym facilities and four scholarships will be offered to support Cyclone players enrolled at CQUni," Ms Harrington says.

“We also plan to work closely with key Cyclones players to participate in CQUniversity events and promotions and we are investing in stadium signage, uniform branding and merchandise.

“There will be an opportunity for CQUniversity students to become involved in Cyclones game night functions for professional development.

“And we envision an even closer relationship between the Cyclones and our academics and student researchers who are focused on exercise and sports science.”