Former Frankston junior and college standout Courtney Wilkins is returning to the Frankston Blues for the 2020 NBL1 season.
The 6’1 Wilkins played 11 games in 2019 after joining the Blues mid-season following her graduation from the University at Buffalo. The sharpshooting forward averaged an impressive 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25 minutes per game while shooting almost 40% from beyond the three-point arc.
While Wilkins considered her options after the 2019 season, she explained that with the club making strides on and off the court, the decision to stick with her former junior club was a simple decision.
“I just think that the people that they have running the club now, is putting the club in a good position for the future,” Wilkins explained. “Because I played juniors at Frankston at I want to see the club succeed.”
2020 will be a season of change for the Blues, with former head coach Jess May’s departing and a number of other players not returning. However with the addition of former Australian Opal and current Southside Flyers WNBL assistant coach Belinda Snell, Wilkins was optimistic that on court success will soon follow.
“I think we are going to be okay [this season], and that our expectations should be high,” added Wilkins. “Just because we are rebuilding, we should not lower our expectations.”
Wilkins who majored in communications at college, is now firmly focused on balancing a professional career with basketball, with NBL1 her primary focus away from the office.
“While playing in the WNBL would have been nice, I am keen to focus on my career in marketing while continuing to play basketball at NBL1 level,” shared Wilkins. “It’s great that we are attracting some big names, like Belinda [Snell] to Frankston too. It helps provide some attention to the women’s program.”
With Southside Flyers forward Kiera Rowe joining Steph Reid at Bardia Avenue this season, Wilkins hinted at some more big name additions but would not elaborate. Instead, she enthused about the fantastic culture and support provided to the NBL1 teams and the community at Frankston.
“I think it is really good how the men’s and women’s teams play together and support each other,” said Wilkins. “It really helps with the whole community.”
What also helps build that connection with the grassroots levels is the investment of time and effort back into the junior program by members of the senior Blues program.
“I’m coaching a double-bottom age under 12 team this season too,” added Wilkins. “We are doing pretty well too. It is just something that we as players are doing that helps give something back.”
With home grown talent such as Wilkins excelling both on the court and mentoring the next generation of Blues juniors, Frankston basketball is in great shape for 2020 and beyond.
Stay tuned to Frankston Blues’ website and social media platforms for more announcements and check our Senior Blues 2020 Off-Season Announcements page.