Perth Wildcats star import guard Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) has taken out the National Basketball Leagues Andrew Gaze Trophy for the Most Valuable Player of the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season.
The rugged American took the award after polling 105 votes during the course of the regular season to finish ahead of Cairns Taipans guard Jamar Wilson on 97. Sydney centre Julian Khazzouh finished third with 94 votes and New Zealands Cedric Jackson came fourth with 86.
Lisch led the NBL in scoring at 17.6 points per game and also averaged 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game, appearing in all 28 of the Wildcats matches. The award was presented at a glittering ceremony at Melbournes Crown Entertainment Complex last Monday night.
A full list of winners is below.
Coach of the Year (Lindsay Gaze Trophy) Andrej Lemanis (NZ Breakers) Andrej Lemanis of the New Zealand Breakers took out the Lindsay Gaze Trophy as Coach of the Year after polling 53 votes to finish narrowly ahead of Aaron Fearne of the Cairns Taipans on 50 votes. Paul Woolpert of the Townsville Crocodiles came third on 23 votes and Rob Beveridge of Perth fourth on 22. Lemanis led the Breakers to their second successive minor premiership with a league-best 21-7 record.
Rookie of the Year Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) (Sydney Kings) Sydney Kings young star Anatoly Bose was announced as the winner of the Rookie of the Year award. The lanky Bose entered the NBL with high expectations after a stellar college career that saw him as one of the top scorers in college basketball in the US. He didnt disappoint, averaging 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the season. He took out the award as a clear winner with 68 votes, to finish a full 30 ahead of second-placed Everard Bartlett (Adelaide) with 38. Chris Cedar of Townsville came third with 28 votes.
Most Improved Player Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) (Adelaide36ers) Adelaide 36ers centre Daniel Johnson has been rewarded for his break-out season by being named as the Most Improved Player of 2011/12. Johnson won the award narrowly from Perths Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) and Townsvilles Jacob Holmes, who finished in a tie for second. Johnson polled 40 votes, while Holmes and Wagstaff each had 38. Alex Pledger (New Zealand) and Cameron Tragardh (Melbourne) finished tied for fourth with nine votes apiece. He averaged 16.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks, all of which were up from his previous career highs of 10.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.7 blocks.
Best Defensive Player Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary) (Perth Wildcats) Perth Wildcats guard Damian Martin has joined a select list of NBL superstars by being named the Best Defensive Player for the second year in a row. Martin took out the award for the NBLs best defender last season and went back-to-back this year to become just the eighth player in NBL history to win the award more than once. He joins the likes of Phil Smyth, Darnell Mee, Mike Kelly, Darren Lucas and Terry Dozier as multiple winners of the award. For the second straight year Martin beat out New Zealands Mika Vukona for the award, polling 59 votes to Vukonas 44. Martins teammate on the Boomers, Adam Gibson of Gold Coast, came third with 21 votes while Sydneys shotblocker extraordinaire Jerai Grant came fourth with 11.
Best Sixth Man Jesse Wagstaff (Perth Wildcats) After putting in the sort of performances that usually demand a starters role, Perth Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff has been named as the NBLs Best Sixth Man. Wagstaff took out the award in a canter, polling 67 votes to finish well clear of New Zealands Alex Pledger in second place on 20. Aaron Grabau of Cairns polled third with 15 votes. The Wildcats star averaged a career-high 11.6 points per game in his reserve role, as well as 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
All-NBL First Team Kevin Lisch (Perth) Cedric Jackson (NZ) Julian Khazzouh (Sydney) Mark Worthington (Gold Coast) Tom Abercrombie (NZ)
All-NBL Second Team Jamar Wilson (Cairns) Adam Gibson (Gold Coast) Cameron Tragardh (Melbourne) Gary Wilkinson (NZ) Peter Crawford (Townsville)
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No 2016 Olympics for rehabbing Jazz guard Dante Exum - 5 days ago
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Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum(198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Ri... [read more]
Utah Jazz fans can relax. Dante Exum (198-PG-95) won't be injured playing for his national team again this offseason. Exum and the Utah Jazz announced Saturday night that the 20-year-old point guard will not play for his Australian team this summer as he continues a successful rehab from the knee injury he suffered with the Boomers in a friendly last summer. Unfortunately for the Aussies and Exum, that means the 6-foot-6 playmaker will not be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Jazz are very pleased with the progress Exum has made in the months following his knee surgery at the end of last summer. Though gaining more international experience might've been good for Exum, the decision to remain in Utah to continue working on his fitness and developing his skill set could be considered a prudent move for him and the Jazz. Skipping out on the Olympics, albeit a tough decision because of personal reasons and national pride, will prevent Exum from being overextended too quickly this summer due to national team duties. "At this stage the most important thing for me right now is to continue training," Exum said via a press release. "It's been great to be back on the court competing, and I'm really motivated to help the Jazz have a successful season this year. My support and best wishes will be with the Boomers this summer, and I look forward to future opportunities to represent my home country." Exum was recently given the green light to participate in full-contact basketball activities, and he's progressed from playing one-on-one and three-on-three games to game-like five-on-five scrimmages with fellow Jazz players and others, including BYU alum Tyler Haws. Exum had surgery last September on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, which he injured on Aug. 4 while trying to make a move in the paint during an Australian exhibition game against Slovenia. That injury kept him sidelined throughout the 2015-16 season. The Jazz had been very optimistic about the progress Exum made earlier in the offseason after averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie in 2014-15 after being picked fifth overall in the 2014 draft. Ironically, the Melbourne, Australia, native became just the 10th rookie in Jazz history to appear in all 82 games. Courtesy of: desertnews.com
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Seaso... [read more]
New Zealand Breakers (NBL) tabbed 25-year old New Zealander forward Robert Loe (211-111kg-91, college: St.Louis). He played most recently at Limburg United in Belgian Scooore League. In 27 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Loe played at KAO Dramas (A1) in Greek league. In 26 games he had 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg in 2014-15 season. Among other achievements his team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Loe received also Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Honorable Mention award back in 2009 at his college time. Loe represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships last year. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 2 games: 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg. Loe has played also professionally in New Zealand (Northside). He attended Saint Louis University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Loe is described as:
A big bodied PF who can easily spend time in the 5 position too. Has good offensive skills with a great shooting touch.
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