Liz Cambage will return to the WNBL for the primary time in 5 years, signing with the Melbourne Boomers for the 2017/18 season.
Cambage’s deal will maintain her in Melbourne for one season.
“I am so excited to be playing in front of my home town after so many years competing overseas, and it is especially thrilling for me to be rejoining my Deakin Melbourne Boomers family,” Cambage stated in a press release.
“I’ve such fantastic reminiscences on the membership and we have now excessive hopes as a group of replicating that once more. Everyone has been so welcoming.
“I am so happy to be at home. I have said for some time now that I wanted to remain a Melbourne girl and this is step one in the process before hopefully representing Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.”
Along with Cambage, the Boomers have also added Opal Jenna O’Hea to subsequent season’s roster, as they hope to arrest their poor 2016/17 marketing campaign.
The Boomers completed second final with a 5-17 document final season, however with the likes of Maddie Garrick, Bec Cole, Bec Ott and Brittany Smart returning, coach Guy Molloy has a expertise crammed roster.
WNBL Rookie of the Year, Monique Conti, has additionally dedicated to the Boomers. However, she looms as a prime decide on this yr’s AFL Women’s draft, which might cloud her basketball future.
An eighth signing might be introduced within the coming weeks.
“Liz is a valuable leader and role model, both on and off the court,” Molloy stated.
“It’s nice to welcome her again to the Boomers household.
“In having Liz and Jenna, we have experienced international-level players who will lead from the very front.”
Cambage brings championship pedigree to the Boomers, as she has loved a adorned worldwide profession since departing the WNBL in 2012.
Her stellar marketing campaign on the 2016 Rio Olympics continues to be recent in Australian basketball followers minds, the place she averaged a event excessive 23.5 factors and 10.three rebounds per recreation.
Additionally, Cambage was a WNBA All-Star and made the All-Rookie group in 2011 with the Tulsa Shock, her lone season enjoying in America.
Since then, Cambage has carved out a profitable stint in China with Beijing Great Wall and Shanghai Boashan Dahua. Over the previous three seasons, the 25-year-old has averaged 30.5 factors, 10.eight rebounds and 1.9 blocks; type the Boomers shall be hoping she will convey to Melbourne.
Before embarking on her abroad basketball journey, Cambage performed a pivotal position within the Boomers’ 2011 title profitable marketing campaign, when she gained the league’s MVP at simply 19-years-old.
“Liz’s return marks an exciting time in women’s sport in Australia, with growing public attention and support,” Boomers Chairman, Tony Hallam, stated.
“Liz is among the best possible gamers on the earth. Today marks a big second for our membership, our companions, and most significantly, our members.
“It also means the Boomers’ rapidly-growing fan base will see the very best Victorian talent in action right here in Melbourne. We’re thrilled that Liz is coming home to play.”
This week, the WNBL and Fox Sports entered an agreement that’ll see the league be broadcast on TV throughout the subsequent three seasons.