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Ballarat Basketball is proud to announce three big Rush signings for season 2015; Melbourne Boomers WNBL duo Shanae Greaves and Jessica May, and Harvey Norman as the team’s naming rights partner.
Greaves and May have plenty of experience playing together; while both are in the early stages of their WNBL careers, the duo has been a force at the SEABL Knox Raiders for several years, averaging a combined 29 points and 14 rebounds per game in 2014.
At 21 years old, Greaves is a high performer at the power forward and centre positions, and May, 25, is a versatile guard/forward.
Rush Head Coach Peter Cunningham says the duo will boost the Rush side immensely.
“With 218 SEABL games between them at Knox these girls have experience in a winning program and will provide our young group with much-needed leadership,” said Cunningham.
“Jess is 175 centimetres and Shanae is 188 so they also bring valuable height and rebounding where the Rush fared poorly last season.”
Melbourne Boomers Head Coach and former Ballarat Miners Head Coach Guy Molloy is confident the pair will thrive in the Ballarat program.
“Shanae and Jess are two players that have made strong inroads into the Melbourne Boomers list. They are likely to be not only statistical leaders for the Rush but also excellent trainers and confidence-builders within the team,” said Molloy.
“I have no hesitation recommending them to the Rush program. In return, I know that the close-knit Ballarat basketball community will embrace these players and make them feel at home.”
Greaves and May’s signing was made possible with the support of Harvey Norman who have become the new face of women’s basketball in Ballarat as the naming rights partner of the Harvey Norman Ballarat Rush.
“Harvey Norman is proud to partner with the Ballarat Rush and excited for the future of women’s basketball,” said Franchisee Wayne Woods.
“The Rush program reflects Harvey Norman’s values of supporting the community and we look forward to working together with the team.”