Scotland and GB basketballer Kieron Achara has today announced his plans to retire from professional basketball at the end of the 2018/19 season.
The youngest player to ever play for Scotland, Achara spent in excess of a decade representing both Scotland and GB at major tournaments across the world. Earning over 100 caps for GB and a further 30 for Scotland, he also had the honour of captaining both sides. The 2012 London Olympics and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are among two of his finest achievements.
Domestically, Achara began his career with Falkirk Fury and will end his career with BBL side Glasgow Rocks, where he has played since 2015 and recorded over 150 appearances. In between, he enjoyed spells across Europe as well as four years at Duquesne College in the US.
Kevin Pringle, CEO of basketballscotland, was full of praise for Achara and his career:
“Kieron has been a fantastic servant to basketball in Scotland and has achieved a number of great things. Whilst he’s well known for his success on the court, the contributions Kieron made off the court cannot be overlooked. He has been fundamental in the growth of the game and will always make time to give back to the community. You couldn’t ask for a better role model for children and everyone at basketballscotland wishes him nothing but the best for the future.”
Whilst the announcement of Achara’s retirement comes today, he still has plenty to play for as club Glasgow Rocks fight for a place in the BBL Playoffs.