Nottingham Wildcats have taken another step in the right direction with the addition of another British international forward Sadie Russell who first learned her trade at the club as a junior player.
Having played in the inaugural WBBL season with Barking Abbey, Russell worked alongside head coach Kenrick Liburd and has represented various England and Great Britain youth programmes.
“I am excited to be back playing for Wildcats and being coached by Kenrick again,” enthused Russell.
“I’m looking to bring high energy and positivity to the team – I want to make an impact on the court and help the team with my abilities.
“Wildcats is where it all started for me. It is where I learned how to play the game and also where I discovered how much I loved the game.
Russell reached the NJCAA National Quarterfinals in the states with Odessa College, then moved on to average 7 points and 5 boards per game with NCAA II side Texas A & M Kingsville. Last season after returning home, Russell was the NBL Play-Off Final MVP with eventual winners Nottingham Trent University.
“Sadie has been doing well in training and adds a new dimension to the group,” commented Coach Liburd.
“She is a high-IQ forward that has the ability to contribute to game in a number of ways. We have worked hard to persuade her that she should be back in a Wildcats uniform. She is another proven player at this level and brings a quality and experience to the squad.”
Russell will play in this weekend’s opening game of the season for the Wildcats in the Betty Codona WBBL Trophy competition at the University of Essex on Friday. She will step out against her former club BA London Lions, who impacted her journey prior to her stint in the States.
Report Source: WBBL