England U18 junior internationals Kyla Nelson, Paige Robinson and Freya Cooney have joined Topcats for the upcoming 2015/16 WBBL season.
All three players are currently studying at AASE institute Oaklands College and have made the move to continue on their elite player pathway heavily stirred by England U18 Head Coach Lee Ryan and Michael Ball, Academy Director.
Kyla Nelson (pictured-left) comes off a great 2014/15 season where she was named the National Trophy MVP as well as a putting in a solid European campaign for England U18 averaging 6.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG & 1.5 APG. Nelson is a 5ft 11″ combo guard who is rapidly improving and very much high on the radar of the GB U20 women’s team.
6ft 3″ Centre, Paige Robinson will bring a lot of size and athleticism to the Topcats this year where she has shown to be an elite rebounder on the international stage averaging 6.8 RPG in just 15 minutes per outing. Robinson had a monstrous 17 rebounds in a 56-38 win against Bulgaria as well as tallying eight points.
The final addition is Freya Cooney, a junior product from Ipswich Basketball, who has real versatility as a 6ft 1″ wing and post player. Cooney comes off a solid European campaign playing against top competition showing she can play on the international stage who will bring a very high IQ and skill set to the Topcats.
Head Coach Vear is delighted to add such high level talent to his roster.
“Adding all three players to the team is really what I set out to change for this season with the emphasis on young UK talent, so to get this level of talent is amazing for us. I’ve been really impressed with their early commitment and willingness to learn where I’m very confident they will fit in perfectly to what we are trying to achieve here at Brixton.”
Vear pays special tribute to the Oaklands Wolves program in making this transition work.
“A lot of credit has to go to both Lee and Michael who have really worked hard on making this work as smoothly as possible. They have also given Brixton the use of their S&C coach Yudi Morris who has been incredible so far and is going to be a great addition to the team.”
You can get watch the new look Topcats in their first home game at Brixton Rec on Sunday 8th November against local rivals Barking Abbey at 4pm.