KELLY Wilson will let her basketball do the talking this WNBL season as she fights to keep her place in the Australian Opals team.
Wilson shone in her Opals debut series this month and is likely to be in new coach Brendan Joyce’s thoughts for next year’s FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
Joyce showed confidence in Wilson in the Opals’ two Oceania Championships triumphs over New Zealand and she didn’t let him down.
The sweet-shooting guard looked right at home and averaged six points, five rebounds and an assist coming off the bench.
“I think I was just really lucky that I joined the squad at a time when lots of things were new,” Wilson said.
“Obviously, the entire coaching staff was new, there was a fair few new players that came in and they kind of started from scratch again.”
Wilson seized her chance, but to book a seat on the plane to Turkey she will need to keep doing what got her into the Opals squad – performing with the Bendigo Bank Spirit.
“I was really excited to get some court time and play. The goal was to make any kind of contribution that I could,” Wilson said.
“Now it’s just focusing on the WNBL and having a good season with the Spirit and seeing where that takes me.”
Wilson had to play 11 WNBL seasons and 241 games before making her Opals debut. The 28-year-old feels her game has improved in the short time she’s been part of training camps and around the Opals culture.
“Being in that environment and playing against the best players in the country was pretty intense and there was quite a few camps over the last couple of months,” she said. “I guess I probably have improved a little bit and it’s been good being able to play so much.”
Wilson’s basketball commitments ramp-up in the next few weeks as she juggles Knox’s SEABL finals campaign with Spirit pre-season training.
The WNBL champions have three new players to fit into their system before a likely pre-season tournament in late September and season tip-off in Townsville on October 4.
Meanwhile, the Spirit has announced Tyler Borserio as the first winner of its weekly membership prize.
A pair of PEAK shoes is up for grabs each week and every member goes into the draw for the major prize – a double pass in the MyJet Limo to the Spirit’s match in Dandenong.