The WNBL Champions, Dandenong Jayco Rangers have signed Sara Blicavs for the upcoming 2012/2013 WNBL Season. Blicavs, 19 from Sunbury, Victoria is widely considered as one of the hottest prospects in Australian womens basketball and will join the Jayco Rangers having recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Sport where she averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds last season.
Jayco Rangers Head Coach, Mark Wright is excited that the young star has joined the Jayco Rangers, “Sara Blicavs is one of the most exciting prospects to come out of the AIS for several years, she has the potential to be a star in the WNBL and internationally.” Wright now adds Blicavs to a roster that he is confident will feature many returning members of the 11/12 Championship team. “Sara will be challenged to learn the game and develop in the professional atmosphere at the Rangers with the likes of O’Hea, MacLeod, Downie & Cumming working with her every day, her improvement should be dramatic.”
Following a 68-67 upset win over Townsville back in November, a game where Blicavs torched the Fire for 27 points, AIS Head Coach Phil Brown spoke highly of Blicavs to the Canberra Times, “Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Trish Fallon... you can probably count on one hand (Australians) who’ve been world class scorers, and Sara potentially could be one of those players. Certainly in the women’s game we haven’t had a lot of players that have an unbelievable offensive presence.”
At 188cm tall (6’2”), Blicavs possesses a great inside/outside game that will compliment the Jayco Rangers offensive system and will hopefully stand her in good stead to represent the Australian Opals in the future. Both parents, Karen and Andy represented Australia in basketball, providing Sara with the motivation to reach the ultimate goal of playing for the Opals in the Olympic games. Blicavs has already represented Australia at Under 17 and Under 19 World Championships.
Blicavs is currently playing in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) for the Launceston Tornadoes, averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds. Speaking from Launceston, Blicavs was thrilled about joining the Jayco Rangers, “I am really excited about joining such a great team and working with Mark Wright. I think the team has a great chance of another championship and I would love to be a part of that if it happens. Also, to be able to learn from stars like Kathleen MacLeod and Jenna O’Hea is a real bonus.”
The Jayco Rangers won the 2011/2012 WNBL Championship, defeating cross town rivals Bulleen in the Grand Final. Their championship defence will tip off in October, with the 12/13 schedule yet to be released. Stay tuned to dandenongrangers.com for all Jayco Rangers updates.
- Paul Flynn