STAR Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) import Becca Tobin is headed back to Bendigo and will line-up with the defending champion Braves in 2019.
Tobin, who averaged 11.35 points per game and 9.05 rebounds in her debut season with the Spirit, was one of the recruits of the season in the WNBL.
The 30-year-old finished top 10 in the league for blocks (1.45bpg) and steals (1.5spg) and is one of just a few serious contenders for the league’s defensive player of the year.
Tobin, a former college standout with Arizona State University, is currently on a European contract with German club Rutronik Stars Keltern.
She is expected to join the Braves when that contract ends, midway through the newly-established elite league season.
Tobin is the latest high-profile signing for the talent-laden Braves, following in the footsteps of last season’s most valuable player award winner Nadeen Payne and point guard Tessa Lavey.
Braves head coach Megan Moody is ecstatic to have Tobin locked in for the Braves.
“When Becca indicated that she would love to play for the Braves, it was difficult to stop smiling,” said Moody, who was an assistant coach with the Spirit in 2018-19.
“Working with Becca in the WNBL season was a real treat, she is a true professional and has an exceptional work ethic, on and off the floor.”
Tobin will be the team’s first import since the 2016 season.
The Braves had no imports on their roster during Moody’s first season as coach, which concluded with a national championship win.
Tobin is delighted to be heading back to Bendigo.
“Bendigo has been so good to me. I have played all over the world and rarely have I felt so welcomed by my club, teammates and the community,” she said.
“I want to be part of the Braves and entertain the fans that have already given me so much.”
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