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)
The Brisbane Bullets have released Jermaine Beal (191-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) from his contract with the club ahead of today's game against Melbourne United. Bullets Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he did not make the decision to release Beal lightly, but felt it was in the best interests of the team, both in terms of winning games this season and building for the future. "We have not been able to get the best out of Jermaine, and he has not been contributing to the level that he want... [read more]
Bullets Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said he did not make the decision to release Beal lightly, but felt it was in the best interests of the team, both in terms of winning games this season and building for the future.
"We have not been able to get the best out of Jermaine, and he has not been contributing to the level that he wants to and it has become frustrating for both parties," Lemanis said.
"We have decided that it is best for the team to let Jermaine leave and to focus on the rest of the group for the remainder of the season,
"We believe this decision gives us the best opportunity to continue to compete and win games this season.
"We are also building a long-term program here and believe this is also in the best interests of continuing to develop our team and club culture," he said.
In 23 games for Brisbane (9-14, 8th), Beal averaged 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Taipans sign Tony Mitchell, ex Hapoel Eilat - 22 hours ago
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Cairns Taipans (NBL) signed 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Mitchell played at Hebei Xianglan in NBL where in 27 games he was the best scorer with impressive 42.9ppg and averaged 10.9rpg, 4.6apg (top 5), 2.5spg (in top 5) and 2.2bpg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive sea... [read more]
Cairns Taipans (NBL) signed 28-year old American small forward Tony Mitchell (198-98kg-89, college: Alabama). He started the season at Hapoel Eilat in Israeli Winner League. In 5 games he had 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Mitchell played at Hebei Xianglan in NBL where in 27 games he was the best scorer with impressive 42.9ppg and averaged 10.9rpg, 4.6apg (top 5), 2.5spg (in top 5) and 2.2bpg. Mitchell helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Mitchell won D-League championship title in 2014. He is quite experienced player. Mitchell has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Italy (Banco di Srd and Dolomiti Energia Trento), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), NBA (Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings), China (Jilin Tigers) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants). Mitchell attended University of Alabama until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player. He could be described:
A very good scorer, with great athletic abilities and all-around playing skills. He can easily beat his man and create for his own and teammates.
TheGold Coast Rollers have kicked off a recruiting drive that has netted them current Brisbane Bullets NBL star Torrey Craig (198-F-90, college: USC Upstate). Gold Coast City Regional Basketball Association general manager Joel McInnes has described American Craig as "definitely the biggest signing by the Rollers in the club's state league history". Craig will switch to the Rollers for this year's Queensland Basketball League season that starts in April when his Bullets commitments are... [read more]
Gold Coast City Regional Basketball Association general manager Joel McInnes has described American Craig as "definitely the biggest signing by the Rollers in the club's state league history".
Craig will switch to the Rollers for this year's Queensland Basketball League season that starts in April when his Bullets commitments are finished.
"He is a solid import and currently heads rebound statistics for the NBL," McInnes said.
Craig is a 26-year-old who hails from the USC Upstate Spartans in South Carolina.
At 198cm and 98kg, Craig is a swingman who played for the Cairns Taipans (NBL) for two seasons, then for Wellington Saints in the New Zealand domestic league in 2015 when he won that competition's most valuable player award.
The NZ NBL and the QBL are played during the NBL's offseason.
The Rollers, who have struggled in the QBL for a number of years, are on the verge of bigger things with a second American, currently playing NBL, in their sights.
And the Rollers have had a significant off-court win with well-known Gold Coast entertainment promoter Billy Cross coming on board.
Cross will be a backer of sorts but his main focus will be on getting sponsors on board.
"I like the idea of setting up pathways for our juniors because basketball is a fast-growing sport through the schools," Cross said.
Cross has two sons - Josh and Nick - who have taken to basketball.
It is understood the Rollers will announce a new naming-rights sponsor early next week.
But in a blow to the club, it has been confirmed that women's coach Megan Thompson has accepted a teaching-basketball opportunity in Perth.
Thompson had been with the Rollers for two seasons and last year took the side to the playoffs.
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