Lead­er­ship role for Dyer

US im­port says Slam­mers a great fit for her on and off the court

South Western Times - - Sport - Kate Field­ing

New Prin­tSync South West Slam­mers women’s coach Nathan Grover has made his first ma­jor sign­ings ahead of the 2019 State Bas­ket­ball League sea­son.

The Slam­mers’ front court is set to be bol­stered by Amer­i­can im­port Makailah Dyer and Slam­mers cham­pi­onship player Bianca Dono­van.

Both guards had im­pres­sive sea­sons at Perth Red­backs this year.

In her de­but sea­son in the SBL, Dyer av­er­aged more than 13 points and nearly three as­sists a game.

Hail­ing from Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, Dyer told the South Western Times that choos­ing to play for the Slam­mers was a “no­brainer”.

“I’m su­per ex­cited to be join­ing the Slam­mers for the up­com­ing SBL sea­son,” Dyer said.

“Af­ter meet­ing with coach Grover and speak­ing with Bianca (Dono­van), I’ve come to find that Bun­bury will not only be a great fit for me on the court but off of the court as well.

“It was re­ally im­por­tant for me to find a club with a coach that I gen­uinely got ex­cited about play­ing for, has strong ties to their com­mu­nity and a fam­ily at­mos­phere among the team.”

Dyer said she hoped to show lead­er­ship in a squad that was shap­ing up to be a young side and the goal was to make it to play-offs.

“I know the group is ex­tremely hun­gry to make the top eight . . . once you get to fi­nals any­thing can hap­pen, so hav­ing a strong reg­u­lar sea­son will put us in a great po­si­tion,” she said.

Dono­van av­er­aged more than seven points, two as­sists and two re­bounds a game last sea­son and was a piv­otal player in the Slam­mers’ 2012 pre­mier­ship team.

Grover said it was great to see the young shoot­ing guard back in Slam­mers’ colours.

“Her speed and de­fen­sive tenac­ity is some­thing that not too many play­ers in the league pos­sess and she can heat up very quickly from the perime­ter,” Grover said.

“She will pro­vide some great lead­er­ship to our younger group.”

Dyer and Dono­van are set to be wel­come ad­di­tions to the squad’s guard ros­ter af­ter young­sters Ge­or­gia Dene­hey and Tayah Bur­rows signed with Joondalup Wolves and Rock­ing­ham Flames re­spec­tively.

Pic­ture: Mick Cronin

For­mer Perth Red­backs Amer­i­can im­port Makailah Dyer will join the Prin­tSync South West Slam­mers women’s side this sea­son.

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