Great Britain players past, present and future have all grabbed a slot on this season’s Molten WBBL All-British Team of the Year.
WBBL coaches have chosen an interesting line-up, with one major surprise as GB legend and Cardiff Met Archers’ player-coach Stef Collins has to be content with a place on the bench.
The backcourt spots are taken up by Georgia Jones of Leicester Riders, who has been back in the GB Senior set-up over the last six months and pulled the strings impressively during what has been an injury ravaged campaign for her club.
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London 2012 Olympian, Jenaya Wade-Fray is given recognition for the way she has inspired Brixton Topcats with some terrific displays throughout 2015-16, many of which helped the Londoners to secure a Play-Off berth.
Helen Naylor was always likely to punch her ticket to the WBBL All-British Team and this season the Hatters’ star is back in the line-up as expected. Just like Jones, she gets the nod having also returned to the international stage under new GB head coach Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Buceta.
While Steph Gandy has had some injury issues this year and has not played for the GB Senior Team since EuroBasket Women 2015 last summer, she still has enough quality and influence as far as the WBBL play-callers are concerned and the Sheffield veteran has certainly had a very strong finish to the season.
Last but not least, Savannah Wilkinson is expected to shine for many years as a GB Senior having debuted last November and the teenager is recognised for another productive WBBL season with the final spot in the line-up.
There are also spots on the bench for the likes of 2012 Olympian Julie Page, the Molten WBBL Young Player of the Year Georgia Gayle and also Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee who many coaches have described as the most improved player in the league.
Molten WBBL All-British Team of the Year 2015-16
1 Georgia Jones (Leicester Riders)
2 Jenaya Wade-Fray (Brixton Topcats)
3 Helen Naylor (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
4 Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
5 Savannah Wilkinson (Barking Abbey Crusaders)
Off the bench – Siobhan Prior (Nottingham Wildcats), Julie Page (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Stef Collins (Cardiff Met Archers), Georgia Gayle (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters), Deanne Hayward (Leicester Riders), Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee (Team Northumbria), Nicky Welling (Manchester Mystics).