Zitina Aokuso has agreed to terms with the Geelong Lady Supercats for the 2019 Elite League competition. At 20 years of age, Aokuso is one of the stand out athletes in Australian Basketball and has shown tremendous growth and development this year for the Townsville Fire in the WNBL. At 192cm (6’4”) Aokuso has a rare ability to dunk the Basketball and is set to be a stand out performer in the Elite League in 2019.
After a disappointing SEABL title defence in 2018, head coach David Herbert was determined to find an athletic post type capable of playing in an up-tempo game style and believes Aokuso is exactly the right player the program needs.
“Zitina is exactly the player we were looking for – long, mobile, athletic and a player who works hard at both ends of the floor,” said Coach Herbert.
“Her game is going to new levels with Townsville this year and we hope to continue her growth in 2019. She is such a tremendous athlete who has the world at her feet and we are excited Zitina has joined our program this year.”
Averaging 8 points and 6 rebounds, Zitina has made the most of opportunities that have been presented to her this year in the WNBL.
“At different times this year whether it be injury or foul trouble Zitina has come off the bench and been tremendous for Townsville in Australia’s premier women’s competition, the WNBL. For someone so young she has shown an ability to mix it with the best players in the country,” Coach Herbert said
“We are looking forward to Zitina arriving in Geelong in the new year once she finishes her WNBL commitments. I am sure she will make a huge impact this year. I have been monitoring her progress for a number of years and really look forward to the opportunity to work with her and develop Zitina’s game further.’”
Further announcements on marquee player signings for the 2019 Geelong Lady Supercats team are expected to be made early in the new year as they look to make their mark in the new Elite League competition managed by Basketball Victoria.