British-Canadian Marlee Ball has become the first ever signing in franchise history for Gloucester City Queens, and the first overall for Gloucester City Basketball.
Having spent last year at Cardiff Archers, Ball returns to the WBBL with the brand new franchise having graduated college from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
“I am extremely excited and grateful to be representing the Gloucester City Queens in their first season ever in the WBBL. I’m honoured to also be the first signing in franchise history,” commented Marlee.
“The vision Jay (Marriott) has for the franchise is something that I was really drawn towards. I think it’s important to have the focus on the women’s side for this season. It’s something that’s not common in sports and is a huge step in the women’s basketball community. I like his outlook on the game and where he envisions the success of the team. The basketball scene in the UK is growing and I believe the franchise will have a lot of success in the near future.”
CEO of Gloucester Sport, Jay Marriott commented:
“We are really excited to welcome Marlee as our first EVER signing in the clubs history.”
“As a person she fits our culture, wants to embrace the local community and will epitomise what it means to be a professional athlete. As a player she has experience in the WBBL having a strong debut season last year and I think she will take another step again this season.”
“Marlee is known for her elite shooting ability, tough demeanour and we will be looking for her to bring that competitive fire to the group.”