The Canterbury Rams and Marques Whippy have announced he will be hanging up his #44 Rams singlet and will not be returning to the Cowles hardwood for the 2018 season. Marques will continue to be an integral part of the Rams organisation off the court, leading the various Rams in the Community programmes.
“We appreciate everything Marques has given to the Rams on the court. Marques has been a strong performer for the Rams over the last three seasons and a real crowd pleaser at Cowles Cauldron with his “body on the line” style of play. We have plenty of work to do in continuing to grow and enhance our community programmes off the court and I am looking forward to Marques now having greater capacity to lead these programmes, while remaining a “face’’ of the Rams and role model in the community”, stated Rams General Manager, Caleb Harrison.
The Rams are also pleased to announce their first import for the 2018 season. 6’8 forward Winston Shepard will be arriving in Christchurch this week. Winston has most recently been playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League. Winston also has experience playing for Alba Fehervar in Hungary where his team won the league championship and played in the Europe Cup. Shepard was a member of the 2013-2014 San Diego State team who made the NCAA Elite 8.
The Rams have also signed 6’8 NZ born centre Troy Temara who has US College experience with Palm Beach State College & George Mason University. Troy is a son of Syracuse hall of famer Chris Palombi Temara and New Zealander, Mike Temara and was brought up in New York when the family re-located there.
“Troy Temara is a strong, athletic young player who fills our void at the centre spot and whom we believe has the potential to be a long-term NZ NBL player. Winston is a defensive minded player who is a very good passer. We are looking forward to Winston providing leadership and making players around him better,” stated Rams General Manager, Caleb Harrison