Rebound and FocusHoops Players of the Week (April 09/10 2022)

With just four games across the league's top two competitions, we've combined Player of the Week awards ahead of the playoff finals.

Rebound's Chris Hughes and FocusHoops' Darren Paul looked over the best performances from this past weekend's semis, singling out their key selection to receive the final Player of the Week award of the season.

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How it works 

Chris and Darren picked a Player of the Week each, paying attention to the following criteria:

  • Efficiency  
  • Stats  
  • Team and opposition strength  
  • Periods of influence in the game 
  • Being on a winning team

NBL Division One


Brendan Okoronkwo - Team Solent Kestrels, guard

16pts, 2reb, 7ast, 4stl, 2blk, 28eff

In what was a tough decision, but Brendan Okoronkowo is my final Player Of The Week for this year.

Solent raced out to a quick start and finished the first half with a 20-point lead on the way to a 104-80 victory against Nottingham Hoods, booking a place in their third straight playoff final.

Top of the list of Okoronkwo's qualities this weekend were his playmaking and his defensive effort, with multiple assists and steals within the first quarter alone to set the tone for the hosts.

The former Worthing guard put on a shooting clinic (4-5 FGM/1-1 3PM/7-8FTM) in 28:35 minutes of action. It was a very efficient performance with just a single turnover yet still leading all players in assists (7), steals (4) and blocks (tied first with 2).

It's worth noting that Solent only gave up three turnovers in the entire game despite using a lengthy 11-man rotation, though Okoronkwo was the pick of the bunch for me. 

WNBL Division One


Taylor Gaffney - Team Solent Kestrels, guard

27pts, 3reb, 5stl, 24eff

It's winning time in the WNBL playoffs and Taylor Gaffney led her seventh-seed Team Solent Kestrels past the third-seed Thames Valley Cavaliers 74-67 to set up a return to Manchester and a clash with CoLA Southwark Pride.

Gaffney’s scoring prowess was peerless as she finished with a game-high 27 points on 52% shooting which included a pair of three-pointers as well as hitting 5-7 from the charity stripe.

The American also pulled down three rebounds in the game, but it was discipline with the ball that impressed me the most this weekend. Recording zero turnovers and nabbing five steals, Gaffney gave Solent the best possible chance at winning by gaining her side additional possessions in a tightly contested matchup.

In addition to not turning the ball over Gaffney committed just a single personal foul, whilst being fouled on four occasions in her 39:33 minutes of court time.

Gaffney has been a revelation for Solent down the stretch and if she performs in Manchester as she has in recent weeks, Solent may well cause a major upset against CoLA.

Honourable mentions


Luke Busumbru (TSK) - 13P/6R/3A/1S/2B/23EFF
Morakinyo Williams (NOT) - 27P/10R/1A/1B/25EFF
Hakeem Sylla (TVC) - 23P/9R/1S/1B/26EFF
Taylor Johnson (HEM) - 29P/6R/3S/26EFF
Greg Poleon (HEM) - 22P/10R/1A/1S/3B/23EFF


Isi Ozzy-Momodu (CoLA) - 12P/10R/1A/3S/20EFF
Emilie Black (CoLA) - 15P/5R/2A/3S/19EFF
Faith Okwuosa (TVC) - 11P/18R/2A/1S/3B/22EFF
Katherine Goldsby (TVC) - 19P/7R/4A/5S/16EFF
Saffie Jarju (TSK) - 10P/10R/1A/1s/2B/18EFF