As the first ever WBBL 2014/15 season has come to a close, Head Coach Steve Vear and Assistant Laura Thierman have chosen their individual player awards.
Most Valuable Player: Mrashi Karumba
Our leader right from the start to the end of the season, Mrashi showed just how valuable she is on both ends of the floor. She was in the Top 5 of scoring for the first part of the season averaging 21 PPG where she finished on a solid 12.5 PPG & 4.7 RPG. Karumba had game highs of 26 points against Manchester Mystics and also 23 points against one of the best defences in the WBBL, Nottingham Wildcats. She was also frequently given the task of guarding the opponents best player. Many people also don’t know that work and family commitments meant Mash couldn’t attend as much practice in the latter part of the season but she still managed to put in great performances and also lead our team as a very good captain.
Runner Up: Ta’Yani Clark
Most Improved Player: Jenelle Grant
For a 16-yr old to join a new team after Xmas was never going to be something easy but Jenelle embraced the challenge and showed the immense talent she has as being one of the best junior players in the country. She had a lot to catch-up on with a new style of play, learn new sets and system and how to play with new teammates but she quickly got better each week and became a starter, showing huge improvements in such a short time. We expect even greater things from Jenelle next season as she continues to improve and push herself as she sets her eye on a scholarship to the US.
Runner Up: Vanessa Da-Silva
Defensive Player of the Year: Charlene St Marthe
When you look at the defensive player award, you look at an individual who not only shuts down their opponent but also sets the tone for the entire team where Charlene was this exact player! She has the ability to always keep a player in front of her through her incredible lateral movement as well as long arms to really frustrate players and get in passing lanes.
Runner Up: Krystal Charles
Offensive Player of the Year: Ta’Yani Clark
When Ta’Yani came in after Xmas she brought a whole new offensive weapon to our team. She finished out the season as our top scorer and rebounder averaging 14.8 PPG and 8.9 RPG as well as adding just under 3 assists per game. Ta’Yani’s ability to score from the outside as well as possessing a very good post up game makes her extremely versatile.
Runner Up: Jenaya Wade-Fray
Player’s Player of the Year: Milly Watkins
We are really glad the team chose Milly for this award as she is the perfect teammate of showing complete commitment attending all practices and games as well as always lifting players with her positivity. She is someone who really wants the team succeed over her own performance which is very rare to find in team sports. It is great that her teammates have recognised this by voting for her to receive this award.
Runner Up: Mrashi Karumba
Congratulations to all of the players for their individual awards where we are all looking forward to next season for the WBBL to be even bigger and better.