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Kieron Achara
Kieron Achara
DOB3rd Jul 1983
BirthplaceStirling, Scotland
Height2.08 m (6' 10")
PositionForward
ClubGlasgow Rocks
Caps12
Home Nation Caps
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International Career:

Scotland’s youngest-ever senior international cap when he faced Ireland in Dublin at the age of 16, Achara previously represented the country at Under-16 and Under-18. He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds at the 2004 European Promotion Cup. Missing out on competing for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games due to college commitments, he made his Great Britain senior debut in 2008 and helped the side qualify for EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He was a key contributor off the bench in 2010’s qualifiers but failed to make the final roster for EuroBasket 2011. However he won his place back for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and scored a team-high 16 points in GB’s victory over China.

Year by Year Stats:

 

PPG

RPG

APG

2002 European Promotion Cup (Scotland)

14.2

8.2

1.0

2004 European Promotion Cup (Scotland)

18.2

12.0

2.0

2008 European Division A (Great Britain)

0

0.0

0.0

2009 EuroBasket Finals (Great Britain)

4

2.5

0.0

2010 European Division A (Great Britain)

1.6

1.6

0.1

2012 Olympic Games (Great Britain)

4.0

2.3

0.3

Club career:

Kavala (2012- ), Manresa, Spain (2011-12), Barcellona, Italy (2010-11), Glasgow Rocks, UK (2010), Biella, Italy (2009-10), Fortitudo Bologna, Italy (2008-9), Duquesne University, USA (2003-8), Maine Institute (2002-3), Falkirk Fury, UK (1998-2002)

Achara began his career as a junior with Scottish League club Falkirk Fury, winning the senior league title as his team went an unbeaten 18-0.  He spent a year at prep school in Maine and his play there earned him a full scholarship to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where he spent five years as a student-athlete.

Achara also moved into the professional ranks in 2008-09, signing for Italian Lega A club Fortitudo Bologna, spending the subsequent season in the same league with Biella. He had a one-game stint in the BBL with Glasgow Rocks in 2010 before signing for Italian Lega B side Barcellona. In 2011, he moved to Manresa in the Spanish ACB before joining Greek side Kavala in 2012 where featured in both the A1 and Balkan League.

In the last two seasons, he has played with distinction for Glasgow Rocks while becoming Great Britain captain after Drew Sullivan's retirement.

Year

Team

PPG

RPG

APG

2008-09

Fortitudo Bologna

4.6

3.2

0.2

2009-10

Biella

5.2

3.3

0.3

2010

Glasgow Rocks

13

11

1

2010-11

Barcellona

9.7

6.1

0.5

2011-12

Manresa

6.0

3.5

0.2

2012-13

Kavala

9.5

5.1

1.1

2013-14 Bulgaria 8.1 4.6  
2013-14 Italy 5.0 3.3  
2014-15 Glasgow Rocks 14.9 9.5 2.2
2015-16 Glasgow Rocks 14.7 8.5 2.1

Personal:

Achara grew up in Stirling and had a Scottish flag tattooed on his arm when he moved to the USA to remind him of home. He cites his biggest influences in basketball as junior coaches George and Neil Connell, as well as ex-Falkirk and Scotland team-mate Keith Bunyan.

His first sporting love was football and he supports Glasgow Rangers. His favourite Olympic memory was watching Linford Christie win 100 metres gold for Great Britain in Barcelona in 1992. Majored in management at university. Name pronounced (KEE-Ron ATCH-Ara)

Trivia:

His brother Idris competed for Great Britain in basketball at the Special Olympics in Athens in 1998.

 
Date Opposition Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
15/08/2009
Turkey Men
13



3
3
6
16/08/2009
Israel Men
16



2

2
20/08/2009
Lithuania Men
8



6
1
2
21/08/2009
Slovenia Men
33



6
2
13
28/08/2009
Macedonia Men







07/09/2009
Slovenia Men







08/09/2009
Spain Men
17



3
5
7
09/09/2009
Serbia Men
11




3
1
Total Played 8 98
0
0
0
20
14
31
Averages
12.25
0
0
0
2.5
1.75
3.88
Competition Team Played Mins 2PT FG 3PT FG FT Reb PF Pts
2009 - Efes Pilsner World Cup
Great Britain Men
1







2009 - EuroBasket 2009
Great Britain Men
3
28



3
8
8
2009 - Game On at the O2
Great Britain Men
2
29



5
3
8
2009 - Seville Tournament
Great Britain Men
2
41



12
3
15
2009 Total

8
98



20
14
31
2009 averages


12.25
0
0
0
2.5
1.75
3.88
2008 - Men's EuroBasket
Great Britain Men
4
1






2008 Total

4
1






2008 averages


0.25
0
0
0
0
0
0
Total - Efes Pilsner World Cup

1







Total - EuroBasket 2011 Qualifiers (Division A)

7
29



3
8
8
Total - Game On at the O2

2
29



5
3
8
Total - Seville Tournament

2
41



12
3
15
Total

12
99
0
0
0
20
14
31
Averages


8.25
0
0
0
1.67
1.17
2.58
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance
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