Brixton Topcats land a trio of signings for the upcoming WBBL season with ex-junior Great Britain internationals Josephine Salmon, Krystal Charles and Mrashi Karumba.
All three players are products of Haringey Angels and Barking Abbey all gaining scholarships to the US providing a vast amount of playing experience to boost the Topcats roster. The three players will play a major role for the Topcats this season as they continue to strengthen their squad.
Josephine Salmon, a 5ft 7′ Point Guard has just just returned from the University of Minnesota, Duluth after a 4-year stint with the Bulldogs. Salmon will bring stability and leadership qualities at the point guard position alongside returnee Charlene St Marthe. She brings versatility to the Topcats being able to play both the guard positions with a deadly outside threat which will help to open the Topcats offence. She was also apart of the Great Britain U20 Women’s squad in the 2011 European Championships.
6ft 1′ Forward, Krystal Charles is a stand out graduate of Eckerd College, Florida being honored as a member of the All-Sunshine State Conference First Team. Charles led her team in averages in five statistical categories including points per game (11.9), rebounds (7.8), assists (3.4), steals (1.0) and blocks (0.9) showing the complete all round player that she is. Charles will bring a great option for Coach Vear’s team with her ability to play both inside and out.
The last addition is Mrashi Karumba (pictured), a 5ft 11′ combo guard with a pedigree as one of the top players in the UK before she left to the US to Campbellsville University, Kentucky. Like Charles, Karumba was a stand out player for the Tigers averaging 15.8 PPG, 6.9 Rebs, 2.5 assists on 43% FG. Karumba is known for her outside shooting which showed recording an impressive 46% from beyond the arc and 79% from the free throw line. She is also the highest capped player of the three with 21 caps for Great Britain.
Coach Vear is really happy to land such high calibre players for the season with high expectations on their leadership roles.
“Adding three highly skilled and intelligent players has been huge for the team. They all bring that much needed experience of playing for their country as well as playing high level basketball in the US which will be transferrable to the new WBBL. They all hold very high expectations for not only themselves but the team which is exactly what we need to be successful in the clubs year back in the top flight.”
Vear highlighted particular praise for Karumba as she has been named the club captain.
“Mrashi has been so vocal from the start of pre season and really gets us going in practice. Her intensity and way to lift players has been amazing to see so making her the club captain has been a very easy decision for myself and Assistant Coach Thierman. I know she will embrace this role and help to continue to push our team to be better.”
To get a chance to see all three players in action as well as the new WBBL team, make sure to get down to Brixton Rec on Sunday 12th October where we are hosting a FREE ENTRY FOR ALL night. More information can be found here.