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PostPosted: 12/03/18 6:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

root_thing wrote:
Interesting, I never heard of Aokuso. She's 6-4 and athletic enough to dunk, so if she's as productive or more productive than Magbegor, then she should draw interest from somebody. Aokuso's birthday is November 23, 1998, so she was draft eligible this year. I remember a discussion about whether foreign players are eligible twice if they have late birthdays and don't turn 21 before the next draft. Never heard if that was resolved. Otherwise, someone can merely sign Aokuso as a free agent.

They came up with their own fairly nonsensical reading of a couple of lines in the CBA that meant players like that couldn't be available twice. So unless they've changed their minds since, she'd be a UFA. As far as I know, the only way to be available in two drafts is that 'sit out a year, actively re-enter the next draft' scenario that occasionally comes up when injured players like Alaina Coates are drafted.



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PostPosted: 12/03/18 9:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Aokuso had a very productive winter at the QBL level so it is good to see that it's translated into a larger WNBL role after being a garbage time only player last year. Because of how young internationals have to drafted, it is interesting to look back a year later to see who has changed from their age 20 to their age 21 year.

tfan wrote:
I see that the University of Canberra has a WNBL team. Is that an all-amateur team competing with pros?


It's a professional team and almost all of the players are not students (or Kia Nurse would have to go back to school). Sydney is similarly affiliated with the University of Sydney, Melbourne is sponsored by Deakin University, and Townsville is sponsored by James Cook University. Some university-age players do stay in Australia for school instead of coming to the United States, but there is not always a link between that and basketball.

Most countries don't have the forced amateur university sports system that we do.
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PostPosted: 12/05/18 2:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I finally watched that Melbourne-Townsville game, and there were close-ups of Zitina Aokuso standing next to various post players. She looks shorter than Batkovic (6-4), Magbegor (6-4), George (6-3), and either the same height or slightly shorter than Mallot (6-3). I'm guessing Aokuso is 6-2½. Obviously, she can still dunk so the hops are there. Nevertheless, players are not always in a position to jump or jump their highest so having actual length helps too.

From what I saw, Aokuso plays with great energy but is very raw. Whenever Zitina posted up, she would dribble around, then spin and toss up a shot that usually missed badly. All of her field goals came off layups. On the plus side, she did shoot free throws well in this game. Defensively, she got pushed around by George and Sarah Booth. She needs to get stronger. I can see Aokuso eventually developing into a Raincock-Ekunwe type player but right now she's unlikely to make a WNBA team.

As for Magbegor, my impression is the same as it was watching her at the FIBA World Cup. Ezi looks smooth and athletic, but she isn't very involved. Not that she's loafing or anything, it just appears as if she's unsure of what to do or where to be. Ezi is often in the vicinity of the action, but rarely a part of the play. It's hard to explain. In terms of head-to-head, Magbegor got a block from behind on Aokuso, but Zitina was able to slip past Ezi for a layup later on. Not much really happened between them. Aokuso had more of an impact, but she played a lot more minutes due to Batkovic having both early foul trouble and nagging injuries.



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PostPosted: 12/05/18 6:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

root_thing wrote:
I finally watched that Melbourne-Townsville game, and there were close-ups of Zitina Aokuso standing next to various post players. She looks shorter than Batkovic (6-4), Magbegor (6-4), George (6-3), and either the same height or slightly shorter than Mallot (6-3). I'm guessing Aokuso is 6-2½. Obviously, she can still dunk so the hops are there. Nevertheless, players are not always in a position to jump or jump their highest so having actual length helps too.

From what I saw, Aokuso plays with great energy but is very raw. Whenever Zitina posted up, she would dribble around, then spin and toss up a shot that usually missed badly. All of her field goals came off layups. On the plus side, she did shoot free throws well in this game. Defensively, she got pushed around by George and Sarah Booth. She needs to get stronger. I can see Aokuso eventually developing into a Raincock-Ekunwe type player but right now she's unlikely to make a WNBA team.

She is indeed raw.
The reason I brought her up is that she was always kinda known about down here as a prospect, but I didn't see anything much in her besides potential. This past offseason she noticeably improved her physique and this season looks more involved on the court. Obviously from the numbers I posted she no star right now even in the WNBL, but she has put herself onto my watch list based on still being young, and elevating her game such a large amount in a short space of time.
Cayla George is a good example for you to mention because she has managed 3 WNBA seasons (would have been 4 if not missing 2016 for Olympic prep) and I think Zitina's ceiling is higher. But she still has a long way to go to get there.
Just someone I'm keeping an eye on. Had she played like this a year ago I would have said maybe she's worth one of those "international diamond in the rough" 3rd round draft picks for a team that doesn't have a "fan favourite who will never make the cut but is a local" 3rd rounder in mind, but she was a year too late.



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PostPosted: 12/09/18 7:41 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 9

Sydney Uni caused the upset of the year in the tv game. With both Alexs - Wilson & Bunton - now ruled out for the season, and after losing in Adelaide, they travelled to Melbourne and took down the Melbourne "Opals" Boomers, thanks to some late heroics from Brittney Smart and Tahlia Tupaea.
Canberra welcomed back Marianna Tolo from her ACL injury, and she top scored for them off the bench to complete another bad weekend for Bendigo.
Adelaide continued their hot run of form, taking out a Batkovic-less Townsville.
Dandenong smashed first-placed Perth to keep themselves alive in the playoff race.


Sydney 72 (Smart 14p 6r, Greaves 13p, Tupaea 12p 4a 4s, Panousis 10p, Graham 9p)
Adelaide 82 (Nicholson 26p 7r, Seekamp 14p 8r 10a, Coffey 12p 5r, Alexander 10p 11r, Blicavs 10p 5r)
Boxscore

Townsville 70 (Cocks 17p, Malott 14p, Aokuso 12p 9r, Garbin 12p 6r)
Adelaide 85 (Nicholson 23p, Seekamp 17p 7r 5a, Davidson 14p 5r, Blicavs 10p 7r 4a, Coffey 9p 7r, Alexander 8p 8r)
Boxscore

Perth 86 (Taylor 33p 9r 5s, McPhee 20p 10r 5a, Ebzery 10p, Schwagmeyer 10p, Steindl 5p 9r)
Bendigo 68 (Payne 27p, Wehrung 16p 5a, Turner 9p 6a, Tobin 7p 13r, Hurst 5p 6r 5a, Tomlinson 4p 8r 3b)
Boxscore

Melbourne 62 (Garrick 14p, George 12p 13r, Magbegor 11p 9r, O'Hea 11p 6a, Allen 10p 5a)
Sydney 65 (Tupaea 21p 4s, Snell 14p 7a, Greaves 14p, Smart 12p 10r)
Boxscore
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Canberra 94 (Tolo 23p, Griffin 21p 7r 6a, Nurse 16p 5r 3s, Scherf 8p 5r, Wilson 6p 7a, Mitchell 6p 5a)
Bendigo 63 (Hurst 13p 6r 3s, Wehrung 12p, Payne 11p, Turner 8p, Tobin 6p 9r, Tomlinson 6p 5r)
Boxscore

Dandenong 96 (Pedersen 21p 11r, Cole 21p 6a, Laney 17p 6a, Mijovic 16p 7r, Jarry 13p, Lavey 6p 6a)
Perth 76 (Steindl 18p, Taylor 17p, Schwagmeyer 11p, Ebzery 11p, McPhee 6p 5r, Mansfield 5p 5a)
Boxscore


Ladder
Perth 9-3
Melbourne 9-5
Canberra 7-4
Adelaide 7-6
Dandenong 5-6
Bendigo 6-8
Townsville 5-7
Sydney 2-11



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PostPosted: 12/11/18 6:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Melbourne Boomers vs Sydney Uni Flames

https://youtu.be/zMtIIh9wpfs

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PostPosted: 12/12/18 4:04 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Sara Blicavs is likely to return to action (from her ACL injury) on Sunday. Apparently Kristy Wallace is not far away either.

Meanwhile the Bendigo Spirit just cut Barbara Turner



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