Sevenoaks Suns’ head coach Len Busch is the latest to let us know who has caught his eye during the inaugural WBBL season.
We are asking play-callers across the league for their picks on not necessarily the best five, but certainly players they feel deserve highlighting for different reasons.
Estela Royo Torres
I really like Sheffield’s Spanish forward, I particularly love her energy and her length. She moves really well on offence and can really defend. While she does what she needs to do, I also believe she could do more if it were needed.
She punches way above her weight with Team Northumbria and offers a really strong inside presence. I thought we were going to beat them at their place and she came up big. She played a great game inside. I was surprised to stand next to her after the game and realised that she isn’t actually that tall. She certainly plays tall though.
It seems like she’s been around for ever. She is extremely consistent and presents a multitude of match-up problems for opponents. She can shoot it from the perimeter, but she also can get to the rim. A very smart player who epitomises what Cardiff have been about for the past few years and what they have now taken into the WBBL.
As most coaches have already stated, there just seems to be no stopping her this year. I think she is the engine that drives Sheffield right now and sometimes it seems that she just won’t allow Sheffield to lose.
She seems to take big shots late in games for Barking Abbey Crusaders and very often makes them. She did it to us twice this year, once scoring seven points in overtime. I’m guessing she’s done it to other teams as well. She always works hard and waits patiently for her moment to strike.
I also wanted to highlight how there are so many good players in our league this year it was very difficult to single out five. When I look back over the season, I have seen so many players making big plays. From Judit Fritz of Archers hitting a big late triple to end our National Cup hopes, Carmen Reynolds draining a big shot in crunch time to end our upset hopes a couple of weeks ago, our own 16-year-old Gabby Nikitinaite from Suns having a breakout game against Brixton with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The list really could go on and on.
The future’s bright.
You can follow Coach Busch @Lenbusch.