FROM a gold medal at the 2019 World University Games to the Townsville Fire, the relationship between Shannon Seebohm and Steph Reid is set to take another leap.
The hope is that this time it is for a WNBL title.
Reid, 23, will join the Fire for the 2020/21 campaign on the back of four years playing for the University of Buffalo and two seasons with the Southside Flyers.
While her work ethic on the court impressed coach Seebohm last year, it is her dedication to junior basketball off the floor that has caught his eye.
He said those were the attributes he wanted to see in his players — not just physical, athletic characteristics but a willingness to give to the Townsville community.
“She’s very much entrenched in grassroots sport – coaching junior teams and helping younger players,” Seebohm said.
“Speaking to her she’s really keen to get involved with our community programs, so I think she’s going to be a great role model for the young girls in Townsville.
“It’s definitely one of the things we’re looking for, and we tremendously value the community support we get to be able to put our team on the floor, so having people who want to give back is crucial.
“I really enjoyed coaching her, I think she’s really tough, she’s a great defender for a small guard and has a really nice skillset offensively and can make her own shot.”
Seebohm said his newest recruit did not get the opportunities she needed to take her game to the next level in the WNBL, however her output in the NBL1 for Frankston last year illustrates an eager, diverse athlete.
Among her 21.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game featured a league record for the up and coming guard — a 50 point haul against Launceston.
Reid’s time at Southside, while limited in on court minutes, came with the massive upside of playing and training alongside Opals star Leilani Mitchell.
That, according to Seebohm, would serve as the perfect apprenticeship to become a WNBL force in her own right.
It was now his job to take her there.
“I just think some of the attributes she has with her toughness and ability to defend in the full court, as well as her experience in college ball at a high level program, was really attractive to me,” Seebohm said.
“Offensively her ability to play off ball screens and create for others was really important.
“I think that she’s a player with a lot of potential and, with a little bit more opportunity than what she’s had over the past couple of years, I think shell really blossom up here.”
Reid joins a growing promising Fire roster; alongside Lauren Nicholson, Shyla Heal, Kate Gaze, Mia Murray, Zitina Aukoso, Nadeen Payne, Megan McKay and Courtney Woods along with development player Aliza Fabbro.
Seebohm said there was one final contracted position to fill for next season, with more development player signings to follow.