Former Black Bear adds bite to Newcastle

Newcastle Eagles have slotted the final piece into this season’s WBBL jigsaw by adding Maddy McVicar to a roster rich in talent.

And now it’s down to playcaller Chris Bunten to solve the puzzle every head coach dreams of as he faces the toughest of selection headaches.

On paper there has never been a more talented women’s basketball team on Tyneside and it’s Bunten’s job to get the very best out of a group of players with the potential to challenge for silverware across the board.

“Recruitment-wise I don’t think I could have asked for a better close-season,” Bunten said. “The support I’ve had from the Eagles and Northumbria University has allowed me to put together a very exciting team.

“We have youth and experience, overseas players and homegrown talent. It’s a great mix and I can’t wait to get started with the new season.

“Maddy completes our line-up and looks like another genuine asset.”

McVicar was recommended to Bunten by former Northumbria University favourite Sheraton Jones. Both players starred for the University of Maine Black Bears and 5’4″ McVicar arrives on Tyneside with a big reputation.

“If opposition players judge Maddy on her height alone then they’ll be making a big mistake,” added Bunten. “She’s quick, she’s a great shooter and her passing range is excellent. But her rebounding for a point guard is phenomenal.

“Aside from her skillset, Maddy is just an absolute competitor and in that respect she reminds me of [former Eagle] Giulia Simioni.

“I love her attitude and can’t wait to see her get some competitive action under her belt.”