Oaklands Wolves have announced the signing of Canadian International Claire Abbott for the 2019/20 WBBL season.
The 5ft 7in guard arrives in the UK for her first spell of overseas basketball with a wealth of experience as a player and coach.
A graduate of Nipissing University Lakers in 2017, the U Sports stand out also played for Algonquin College and Carleton University. A deadly perimeter shooter, the high energy guard averaged 13 points per game via 40% shooting, as well as adding 2.1 steals and 3.1 rebounds per outing during her college career.
After graduating, Abbott stepped into coaching and led multiple representative teams in West Canada whilst pursuing a career in social work. Now returning to action, the guard will be looking to pick up where her college career left off.
“It’s a long way to England from Yukon, Canada,” smiled Abbott.
“I’m coming ready to make the most of this opportunity and I’ll be giving everything to the Wolves! I look forward to learning from my teammates and coaches, and doing whatever I need to help this great team.
“Being in a programme with academy players I want to bring my leadership and show the girls what we can all achieve with good energy and a positive attitude.”
Head coach Lee Ryan is looking for a similar impact as the last Canadian to play for the Wolves
He declared: “Claire has the same attitude that Kellie (Ring) had and that’s what got me interested in her right off the bat! Kellie made a lasting impact on us and Its now Claire’s turn to put her mark on Oaklands.
“I’m impressed how she has stayed in shape and is ready to go. She fits our approach perfectly and is hungry to get better. She’ll be a great compliment to our team.”
The Wolves announce a British signing to round off #MeetThePack week tomorrow as they conclude their early signing period.
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