Opportunity knocks for Izzy B


AS a development player with WNBL club West Coast, Isabella Brancatisano has had the opportunity to further develop her abilities on a basketball court this summer.

The beneficiary of that improvement will hopefully be the McDonald’s Geelong Lady Supercats after she signed with the club for the 2015 SEABL season.

“Being involved with the Waves program for the past season has helped me greatly,” Brancatisano, or Izzy B, as she is widely known, said.

“Being a part of such a professional program has helped me on and off the court, and obviously being able to watch and train against guards like Sarah Graham and Lindsey Moore each day has helped develop my game by showing me what it takes to play at the next level.

“Being coached by Kennedy Kereama has also introduced another angle of basketball to me and I’m very grateful for the opportunity he gave me.”

A Melbourne Tigers junior and regular Vic Metro representative at underage level, she spent 2014 with Big V State Championship team Eltham, averaging 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, leading the competition in three-point shooting at 39.6 per cent.

She also grabbed 1.9 steals per game, ranking fifth overall.

“I would like to bring some defensive energy and contribute in anyway that this team requires me too, to make us successful this season,” Brancatisano said.

However, the biggest lure to joining Geelong is boyfriend Kristian Rocci, who will suit up for a second season with the SEABL men’s team.

“I know that Geelong is a great club to be a part of, and after hearing good things about Dave Herbert, I knew I had to take this opportunity,” Brancatisano said.

The McDonald’s Geelong Supercats and Lady Supercats open their 2015 SEABL season against Ballarat at Geelong Arena on April 11.

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