Oaklands Wolves close this summers signing period by landing highly-rated duel national Elyse Kiploks for her first spell of European Basketball. The experienced 6ft forward arrives in the UK ready to help the Wolves with their continued progress in the WBBL.
The Melbourne native played for Sandringham Sabres and was part of the Sports Education Development Australia programme before landing a scholarship to Coffeyville Community College, Kansas in 2013.
Kiploks made a huge impact during her time landing All Region and All Conference awards in 2015 which earned her a move to NCAA D1 Charleston Southern University. The versatile forward averaged 5 points, 7 rebounds, and a 1.43 Assist to turnover ratio whilst shooting 42% from the field during her time as a Buccaneer.
Kiploks remained in the US upon graduation as Director of Basketball Operations for Charleston Southern, before returning to Australia to play in the 2019 QBL season for Townsville Flames, helping guide her team to a semi-final appearance this summer.
She is now looking forward to her next basketball adventure with the Wolves and stated:“I am very excited to be with Oaklands! I heard great things about the club and its great to get started with my teammates.
“The WBBL is completely new to me. I know its is a league that’s growing and getting better each year, so I’m looking forward to the challenge!”
Head coach Lee Ryan is excited for what Kiploks can do in the WBBL and added: “Elyse is exactly the player we have been looking for to move us forward this year. Her character is outstanding and you can see she has maximised every opportunity she’s had in the game.
“Her ability to contribute all over the court at both ends is important for our progression, typically described as a ‘glue player’ but her skills level and ability go far beyond that, she will make a big impact for us this season.”
The Wolves continue their relationship with the University of Hertfordshire where Kiploks will study her masters whilst in the UK.
“We are in the next phase of our franchise, the recent fire at the college has made it a tough summer, but we can look at it as a chance too reset, build our exciting partnerships and learn from our first phase as a franchise,” continued Ryan.
“We now kick on with a group of players that are ready to commit everything to the Wolfpack!”
Oaklands start the season on the opening day as they face Leicester Riders in the Trophy on Friday 27th at the University of Essex.