As the days tick down to an early October start in the WNBL, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers has finalised its 14-player roster. Excitingly, the squad includes 11 homegrown players who have come through the Victorian basketball system.
Recruits Liz Cambage, Jenna O’Hea, Louella Tomlinson, Courtney Duever and Kalani Purcell headline a new-look outfit that has undergone a transformation to add more height to last season’s undersized squad.
Boomers coach Guy Molloy said it was a major priority to add front court size and the work done by the front office in the off-season had addressed this.
“We’ve worked really hard to bring an exciting group together and we’ve managed to do it with some real stability as well, which is becoming tougher to do in the WNBL,” said Molloy, adding “In a great sign for our planning and building, all up we have nine players returning from last season.”
“We recognised the need to add some height to our strong guard rotation and we’ve done that. The squad is also a great mix of experience and youth, something all of our members and supporters will really enjoy seeing.”
2017-18 DEAKIN MELBOURNE BOOMERS
2. Louella Tomlinson
3. Britt Smart
4. Bec Cole
5. Kasey Burton
6. Bec Ott
7. Cassidy Gould
8. Liz Cambage
11. Jenna O’Hea
12. Chelsea D’Angelo
14. Monique Conti
23. Maddie Garrick
29. Emma Nankervis
32. Kalani Purcell
50. Courtney Duever
# Kalani Purcell has joined the Deakin Melbourne Boomers on a two-year contract.
Melbourne’s WNBL team will feature 11 homegrown players with Purcell (New Zealand), Duever (Texas) and Smart (Ohio) the only players to have not come through Melbourne’s grassroots basketball system.
“We’re extremely proud to be at the forefront of the league when it comes to identifying, developing and playing local talent,” said Boomers GM, Justin Nelson.
“We work very hard at getting out and watching competitions like the Big V and SEABL, along with talking with local basketball associations, all of who do a great job and developing and nurturing elite young players.”
“Victoria is an incredible place for our game and Melbourne is basketball’s heartland, so it’s really good to see so many players coming through the grassroots level and making Melbourne’s elite women’s team.”
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