2022/23 NBL Awards week: NBL Division Three

With the NBL and WNBL Playoff Finals set for this weekend, it's time for the league's end-of-season awards.

Selected from across the league's five competitions and spread across the next five days, we'll highlight some of the best and brightest from across the game.

Based on performances across the regular season, we'll announce NBL Division Three's winners today, with WNBL Division Two to come tomorrow.

Wednesday will involve NBL Division Two, with WNBL Division One on Thursday.

The week will conclude with the awards for NBL Division One ahead of this weekend's Senior Playoff Finals at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre.

Player of the Year

Jordan Spencer takes the East POTY award after doing his bit to help Milton Keynes to a perfect 18-0 regular season.

UEL London Lions narrowly pipped CoLA Southwark Pride to the London title, with both teams finishing 15-3 before being split by a tiebreaker. 23-year-old guard Travis Edwards gets the nod for his efforts in that conference to get the Lions over the line.

Young forward David Oputa helped Loughborough to go 14-2 and win the Midlands conference, whilst former Nottingham Hoods' guard Luke Mitchell was a standout for Teesside Lions in the North.

Daniel Azancot seals the North West award thanks to his antics with Myerscough Academy II, whilst John Stewart played an integral part in Cobham Cobras going 19-1 to win the South conference.

Dan Flaherty is the winner of the POTY award in the South West, with the Cardiff Met Archers' man helping the Welsh side to go 17-1 this year.

Coach of the Year

There are a number of double-ups in the COTY awards, with play callers joining their standout players in the end of season voting.

Billy Beddow (Milton Keynes Breakers, East), Roberto Fois (UEL London Lions, London), Oliver Hylands (Teesside Lions, North) and Lewis Gabriele (Cobham Cobras, South) all make it a one-two for their clubs following successful regular seasons.

Kyle Henderson earned plaudits for his work with Derby Trailblazers II as they went 12-4 in the Midlands, and Nathan Dakin was recognised for steering Tameside to a 14-6 record this year in the North West.

That just leaves Daniel Fatomide to get a nod for his work with Portsmouth Pink Street as the South coast side went 13-5 in their first NBL season.


As with the awards from previous seasons, each D3 head coach was invited to provide their top three players and top three coaches from their own conference across the regular season, without selecting themselves or their own players.

A first place vote was worth three points, a second place vote was worth two points, and a third place vote was worth one point, and the recipient with the highest number of points was the winner.

In the event of a tie, the player/coach with the most first place votes was deemed the winner.

Senior Playoff Finals

Today's awards mark the start of a week of NBL and WNBL end of season honours in the lead up to this weekend's senior playoff finals at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester.

To purchase tickets for the event, please click the button below. Coverage of the event will be available through our NBL social channels, as will the remaining awards from the rest of this week.


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