Tami most valuable to SBL
TAMI WILLEY has been like a breath of fresh air for the Lismore Storm this season and has swept all before her by claiming the State Basketball League's (SBL) most valuable player and leading scorer awards.
The accolades for the American-born centre are hardly a surprise considering her basketball pedigree which includes playing stints with Adelaide in the Women's National Basketball League and the University of Portland.
Willey was a clear winner of the SBL points scoring title, amassing 226 points at 28.25 points per game which was well ahead of the next player on the list, Ilanah Forrest of Central Coast, with 20.86.
Willey's MVP and scoring awards ensured she was a walk-up start in the SBL's All Star team.
It was also a natural progression for Willey to win the Storm's most valuable player award and she was matched in that department by her husband Matt, who claimed the Storm men's MVP.
Unfortunately, the couple had a prior engagement and couldn't be there to collect their awards at the club's presentation ceremony at the weekend.
Club spokesperson Michael Anderson said Willey typified the way professional basketball players went about their business.
“She is just organised in the way she trains and is definitely an example for all our young players,” he said.
Awards: Most Valuable Player (MVP), Most Improved (MI), Coach's Award (CA) - from under-12s to seniors
Under-12 girls: MVP Caralie Wilson, MI Carla Williams, CA Isabelle Knight; Under-12 boys; MVP Dylan Moss, MI Jack Ryffel- Hughes, CA Tom Shorter;
Under-14 girls: MVP Teagan McWhirter, MI Madison Spencer, CA Chloe Jeffrey;
Under-16 boys: MVP Chris McIllhatton, MI Zac Knight, CA Luke Flynn;
Under-18 women: MVP Jess Ward, MI Sophie Boyle, CA Grace Amey; Under-18 men: MVP Brent Ramsay, MI Syd Hume, CA Jack Fiedler;
SBL women: MVP Tami Willey, MI Grace Amey, CA Vanessa Crawford; SBL men: MVP Matt Willey, MI Joshus Latinovic, CA Dylan Sharpe.