Charnwood College Leicester Riders academy players featured heavily in the EABL and WEABL honours announced today.
Charnwood’s Ruchae Walton has been named the 2015-16 Player of the Year after an impressive season in leading her side to an 8-2 record in the regular season. Walton averaged 9.6 points per game along with 8.5 rebounds, whilst finishing fourth in the league in the Efficiency charts, and second in 2PT FG% (53.5).
Walton was also the Player of the Week in Week 13 after recording a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds in a win at Copleston.
“I feel privileged to receive the first WEABL Player of the Year award,” Walton said. “I am grateful to receive this honour as it shows that all the hard work I put in did pay off but I’d like to accept this award on behalf of everyone who has worked with me this year.
“I would like to thank my coach Krumesh Patel for pushing me to become a better person on and off the basketball court, my family for encouraging me to work hard and stay focused. Lastly, a massive shout out to my team at Charnwood College, without those girls we wouldn’t have achieved half of what we did this season.
“I can’t wait for next season!”
Charnwood College teammate Jessica Eadsforth-Yates has been named as the Defensive Player of the Year after narrowly edging out team-mate Walton for the award as her efforts on the defensive end were recognised by the coaches around the league.
On the men’s side, Charnwood College’s senior-trio of Andre Arissol, Tim Fava and Tom Yome were all named in the EABL End of Season awards!
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Charnwood College’s Andre Arissol has been named the West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 2.9 steals per game (seventh), while spearheading one of the league’s best defences as Charnwood finished third in defensive rating, points allowed and second in 2 point FG% and true shooting % allowed.
The EABL West Conference second team consists of Charnwood teammates Thomas Yome (12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8spg) and Timothy Fava (10.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg) who entered the programme from Gibraltar and will graduate Charnwood College this summer to move on to Higher Education in September.