THE shooting style is still unmistakable.

Whether the results are as good as when he tore up the NBL as one of it's most dynamic scorers for 15 seasons is another thing.

But at 47, and not having touched a basketball for several years, Derek Rucker, is eyeing off the challenge of making a one-off playing comeback for the Gladstone Port City Power against Mackay on May 23.

Rucker, who won the NBL's coveted MVP award with the Brisbane Bullets in his debut year in 1990 has been training at Brisbane's Auchenflower Stadium in preparation for his planned "comeback" after being cleared by Basketball Australia.

It's a bold moved by the son of former NFL star Reggie Rucker who retired in 2006 as one of the most successful US imports ranked in the all-time top 10 for scoring, assists, steals and three-point shooting -- his trademark in heart-stopping finishes.

"I don't think I will embarrass myself although the possibility definitely exists." Rucker told APN during exclusive interview today.



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