As the WBBL 2015/16 season has come to a close, Head Coach Steve Vear and Assistant Laura Thierman have chosen their individual player awards.
Most Valuable Player: Jenaya Wade-Fray
The Great Britain international put in an incredible season with multiple performances of 30 points, averaging a team high 15.6 PPG (7th in the league) on an impressive 55% FG (5th in league) and 86% FT (4th) showing throughout the year she was very much in the mix as one of the league’s best players. Jenaya was also selected by the other coaches into the starting line-up of the WBBL All British Team.
Runner Up: Vanessa Da Silva
Most Improved Player: Brenda Kipewu
The season really finished on a high for the talented point guard who showed to improve in all aspects of her game. She was forced to learn a lot and become a floor leader with little room for error which meant tough love from the coaching staff all season. But she stuck at it all year and continued to put in the work at practice which paid off, where Brenda started to run the team towards the end of the season being a huge reason for making the playoffs.
Runner Up: Paige Robinson
Defensive Player of the Year: Vanessa Da Silva
This award was hard to choose so hence why we have two runners up but we awarded it to Vanessa due to her versatility of being able to guard multiple positions on the court. She was our anchor on defence all season having to play big inside but also called upon to guard the opponents best scorer/playmaker. Vanessa also finished the season leading the WBBL in block shots (1.3 BPG) which is an amazing achievement in itself.
Runner Up: Amber Charles & Megan Haines
Offensive Player of the Year: Kyla Nelson
When Kyla was able to get on the court for us coming off a back injury that left her out for the start of the season, she brought a whole new offensive punch to our team. She finished out the season as our second top scorer averaging 11.9 PPG as well as dishing out a team high 2.9 APG. Kyla’s ability to score from the beyond the arc as well as improving her ability to get to the basket really make her an extremely versatile offensive player.
Runner Up: Jenaya Wade-Fray
Player’s Player of the Year: Jenaya Wade-Fray
Jenaya isn’t the most vocal player and really lets her game do the talking so to get this award voted by her team mates really shows the incredible impact she had on the team this year. She leads by example from her background of playing at the highest level in US college to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Jenaya is a very positive person which helped to give a calming atmosphere when we needed it.
Runner Up: Jenelle Grant
Coaches’ Player of the Year: Jenelle Grant
As coaches you want players who constantly put in the work and strive to get better every time they step on the court which is exactly what Jenelle showed all season. She was always asking for constant feedback, video sessions, individual 1v1 development training and using the free sports hall as much as she could, even with no coaches present. Add to this that you have a very humble, hard working and respectful person who loves the game of basketball – a coaches dream!
Runner Up: Faith Okwuosa
Congratulations to all of the players for their individual awards.