Play Overseas Basketballer’s Dominate Weekly WNBL Honours
When working with student-athletes we work hard to find opportunities that are a good match to both their career ambitions in basketball and education. Many of our student-athletes express an opportunity to compete at an elite level during their postgraduate year in England. As a result, many of our students progress to compete in BUCS (the English equivalent of the NCAA or NAIA) alongside a partnered National League Club.
Opportunities at National League basketball teams in the U.K. are very competitive due to strict limits on the number of international players on each roster. Due to our close working relationship with clubs and coaches across the U.K. we are proud to have men’s and women’s players involved in National League Basketball clubs.
|With the absence of BUCS Basketball this year due to the pandemic, it has been great follow the progress of our student-athletes who are competing in National League Basketball competition.
During the latest round of fixtures, Play Overseas Women’s Basketballers dominated the weekly honours, with 3 of the 5 players selected in the Team of the Week being Play Overseas student-athletes, including player of the week, Erica Meyer.
Read about their fantastic performances below.
16PTS, 11REB, 1AST, 1STL, 4BLK
“Erica Meyer is enjoying a fine end to the 2020/21 season, picking up Player of the Week honours thanks to her 16 point, 11 rebound double-double in Team Solent Kestrels’ 70-62 road victory over BA London Lions II.
Meyer led her side in points and rebounds, shooting 41% from the floor and making six of eight shots from the line. The American played a disciplined game of basketball, committing a single turnover and zero personal fouls whilst blocking four shots and snagging a steal.
This was another all around strong performance from the Solent star as the playoffs get closer and the stakes continue to rise.”
31PTS, 29REB, 1AST, 1STL
“The bright lights were on Schekinah Bimpa this Saturday as NBL Live broadcast the Worcester Wolves victory over Nottingham Trent University, and she delivered in a big way.
Bimpa scored a weekend high 31 points, pulled down a weekend high 29 rebounds and finished with an eye-wateringly high 46 efficiency On her way to 29 boards, the American grabbed a huge 12 offensive rebounds, and 17 on defence, a huge effort at both ends of the floor.
The NTU forward played an efficient game of basketball to, making 15 of her 29 shots (51%), was fouled five times and snagged one steal in a thrilling game.”
14PTS, 11REB, 1AST, 8STL
“Makana Stone had FocusHoops on triple-double watch this weekend as she scored 14 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and grabbed an incredible eight steals in Loughborough’s 73-60 victory on the road against the Cardiff Met Archers.
Stone is in the running for D1W’s Player of the Year award and this performance is a demonstration of why, as the American scored at a decent clip(42%) whilst cleaning up on the glass and consistently putting in the hard yards on the defensive end.
Stone and Loughborough have a showdown with Ipswich coming up next weekend which will be a perfect opportunity for some of the Player of the Year contenders to demonstrate their excellence. For Stone, this weekend’s performance was a perfect tune up in that regard.”
We look forward to following the continued success of our players over the remainder of the season!
Recruitment for Fall 2021 is still open!
We are still recruiting men’s and women’s basketballers for the Fall 2021. If you’d like to pursue a master’s degree in the U.K. whilst pursuing your playing ambitions, we’d welcome an application from you.
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