The Glasgow Rocks are proud to announce that they have completed their 2012/13 roster with the signing of two up-and-coming youngsters to their line-up, Owen McNally (203-F-87, college: Spring Hill) and Dale Grieve (190-G-92).
24 year old Owen McNally, will be looking to make an impact in the BBL and may well be the surprise packet signing of 2012/13. McNally will be coming to the Rocks after a short stint at Irish club UCD Marian last season where he averaged 15.8ppg and 8.5rpg. McNally, who was originally born in Long Beach Mississippi, also holds an Irish passport making him eligible to play for the Rocks without incurring a work permit position.
McNally's 6'8" frame gives the Rocks one of their biggest line-ups in years and his ability to play inside-out should pose some match-up problems for the defence. He had a very successful four years at Spring Hill (NAIA) and is currently taking time out from the University of Mississippi where he is looking to complete his Law Degree. Coach Sterling Davis said:
"I foresee Owen being our dark horse this season. He has some professional experience playing in Ireland which will give him a step closer to being very effective in the league. He has great footwork and skill along with physical strength which gives us some depth on the interior."
To complete the double final signing, the Glasgow Rocks can confirm that they have secured the services of up-and-coming Scottish star Dale Grieve.
Grieve rounds off the 2012/13 squad and will be coming into the line-up after being spotted at the Glasgow Rocks Open Trials held back in August. He was part of the U/18 Scottish National Team and was heavily backed to represent the Rocks last season, however, a series of unfortunate events caused him to miss out. This year he is tipped to develop into another very talented Scottish Basketball Player. Coach Davis had the following to say about Grieve:
"Dale is a guy I have been keeping my eye on for a year now. He has shown tremendous potential in the two open tryouts he has participated in and I am excited to see his development progress at this level."
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Playoffs MVP: Abigail Asoro (183-F-93) of Northumbria; Player of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Guard of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Forward of the Year: Baendu Lowenthal (183-F-88) of Sheffield Hatters; Center of the Year: Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90) of Nottingham; Domestic Player of the Year: Helen Naylor (180-F-87) of Sheffield Hatters; Import of the Year: Amber Stokes (178-SG-90) of Nottingham; Young Player of the Year: [read more]
Lee Ryan is counting down the days to when his Oaklands Wolves side step onto a Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) floor for the first time. One of two new clubs announced yesterday as competing during the 2017-18 campaign, the 'Wolfpack' are ready to get their teeth into the challenge of joining the UK's women's elite - along with fellow newcomers Basketball Scotland. 'This is great recognition for the work we have done here in a relatively short time,' enthused the play-caller.... [read more]
Lee Ryan is counting down the days to when his Oaklands Wolves side step onto a Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) floor for the first time.
One of two new clubs announced yesterday as competing during the 2017-18 campaign, the 'Wolfpack' are ready to get their teeth into the challenge of joining the UK's women's elite - along with fellow newcomers Basketball Scotland.
'This is great recognition for the work we have done here in a relatively short time,' enthused the play-caller.
'Our players have proved that they can compete over the past two seasons with us winning the Women's League and Trophy in 2014/15 and having three players compete for Brixton this season.
'Having our own WBBL franchise will now give us a new challenge and raise the standard of everything we deliver.
'The league is impressive and has already elevated the level of the women's game - I believe that we can add to the growth of the sport and provide another opportunity for elite players,' continued Ryan.
'It is also perfect timing for our recently launched youth programme.
'We currently have three girls in the England Under 16 squad and this will give them and their teammates the opportunity to compete all the way through the Basketball England junior leagues into the top flight WBBL.'
The team will play its home fixtures out of the impressive Oaklands College and everyone involved with the facility and the club are looking to build upon their past experience of hosting international youth camps and games involving England.
'We are ready to create a fun home game experience for current and new supporters throughout Hertfordshire and beyond,' confirmed Michael Ball, Director of Basketball.
'Oaklands Wolves intend to make Sunday afternoon their home game day and we will be looking to help grow the WBBL fan-base.'
You can find out more about Oaklands Wolves via wolves.oaklands.ac.uk and on social media via their official facebook page and on both Instagram and twitter as Oaklandsball
The Women's British Basketball League is delighted to confirm the participation of two new franchises for the 2016-17 WBBL season. Both Basketball Scotland and Oaklands Wolves will take their place alongside eight other existing WBBL clubs when the action tips-off in October. The Basketball Scotland programme will be based in Edinburgh at Oriam [the new National Performance Centre for Scotland] which will become a home for Scottish performance basketball. 'The purpose of establishing a... [read more]
The Women's British Basketball League is delighted to confirm the participation of two new franchises for the 2016-17 WBBL season.
Both Basketball Scotland and Oaklands Wolves will take their place alongside eight other existing WBBL clubs when the action tips-off in October.
The Basketball Scotland programme will be based in Edinburgh at Oriam [the new National Performance Centre for Scotland] which will become a home for Scottish performance basketball.
'The purpose of establishing a WBBL team in Scotland is driven by our desire to continue developing opportunities and this will offer the highest standard of female basketball in the UK,' said Basketball Scotland Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Pringle.
'The franchise will also play a key part in Scotland's preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and we hope it will become a long term part of our pathway, which will help develop Scottish athletes that can represent Great Britain. 'Our vision for the programme is that it will be led by a core of Scottish players and supplemented with some additional talent to make sure the Scottish athletes are pushed every day in practice.
'The focus will be on the development of Scottish talent and while we still want to win games, the opportunity for Scottish players to compete at this level and develop their skills is the prime driver.
'We will also be revealing the team name and logo soon, which will be very exciting.'
Meanwhile Oaklands Wolves are also thrilled at joining the WBBL and will play their homes fixtures at their impressive facility at Oaklands College, which has been a home training base in recent years for the England Junior National Teams.
'This is fantastic news for our basketball programme, our players and the College,' declared Michael Ball, Director of Basketball at Oaklands College.
'Oaklands Wolves will aim to add to the excitement of the WBBL and bring a young and fast-paced style of basketball to fans around the league. "It would not have been possible to make this happen without the support of the College - they are always fully behind the basketball programme and are especially keen to see our elite female student athletes get the same opportunities as the boys.'
He added, 'The team will be based upon our Academy players with the addition of professional and university players. Just as we are trying to produce the next generation of International players from within the basketball academy, we are going to try to add GB International players.'
Further club, coach and player announcements in respect of both Basketball Scotland and Oaklands Wolves will be made in due course.
Finally, while two new franchises have joined for 2016-17, Brixton Topcats have opted to withdraw. The WBBL are extremely grateful for the significant contribution the South London club have made towards the successful establishment of the league since it was established in October 2014.
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