SEABL Prospect watch: womens' prospects
In this new column, we take a look at some of the most interesting players in the SEABL. This may include College-bound young stars, WNBL players looking for a new deal and anyone else that catches our eye. Stay tuned for future instalments, which will look at the men’s prospects and take a close look at the Centre of Excellence talent.
Tayla Roberts (Launceston Tornadoes)
A somewhat enigmatic player at WNBL level after a hugely promising junior career, Tayla Roberts has straight up dominated the SEABL this year. After moving to the Torns, she kicked off her season with a monster 35 point, 17 rebound effort in a tight win over Frankston. Roberts is the only player to rank in the top five for both points per game (23.8, first in league) and rebounds per game (10.8, fourth in league).
Few players can deal with her size and upper body strength and she often draws double and triple teams as players can’t keep her out of good post position or off the boards. Reaping the benefits of a reliable hook shot, she has also shown promising signs of an increased shooting range, connecting on 6/9 three-pointers this season. Take it as read that WNBL teams will be paying close attention.
Anneli Maley (Dandenong Rangers)
Bound for elite eight school Oregon, Maley is currently playing for the Dandenong Rangers. Already an elite rebounder (9.2 per game, 10th in league despite playing relatively low minutes), Maley is getting to the free throw line and displaying the kind of tools that saw Adelaide coach Chris Lucas describe her as a “wonderful athlete” and that has placed her high on the wish list of a number of blue chip colleges. When she adds some scoring polish to her game, watch out.
Kimberley Hodge (University of Sydney Sparks)
Sydney have a development-based team, with a range of youthful prospects filling out the roster around a handful of Flames players. Amongst the youth brigade is centre Hodge, who is only slight, but has the kind of height and length which will attract attention from higher level scouts. With a high release and a difficult to defend baby hook which she can employ from the low post, Hodge is an intriguing prospect in a team chock full of raw youth.
Tayla Roberts (hand up) is guarded by Kimberley Hodge in a University of Sydney v Launceston SEABL clash.