2022/23 NBL Awards week: NBL Division Two

NBL Awards Week keeps on rolling, with NBL Division Two next up.

Following on from yesterday's WNBL Division Two announcements and Monday's NBL Division Three honours, it's time for the penultimate competition on the Men's side today.

Based on performances across the regular season, we'll also be announcing the WNBL Division One awards tomorrow before NBL Division One on Friday ahead of this weekend's Senior Playoff Finals at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre.

Wilson Player of the Year

Doncaster's Rob Marsden and Ipswich's Alejandro Vega-Fonrodona are this season's Player of the Year winners.

Marsden makes it back-to-back awards after a win last year, marking both season's since he left the BBL with a POTY award. 

The talented forward averaged 22.2PPG and 17.9RPG as the Eagles went 8-14 for an eighth place finish.

Vega-Fonrodona played a key role in helping Ipswich to a 15-7 season, with the American guard pushing the Suffolk side to third place and a spot in the playoffs.

Averaging 22.2PPG, tied with Marsden for fifth-best in D2M, the Ipswich man added 4.2RPG and 2.5APG, also shooting 43% on the season from beyond the arc.

Wilson Coach of the Year

It's been a great season for City of Birmingham Rockets, with the Midlands side winning the North conference with a near-spotless 21-1 record.

It's no surprise that Martyn Gayle has been singled out for his part in that as the North's Coach of the Year, mixing his playing and coaching commitments to get the very best out of the Rockets' roster.

Gary Smith has also been recognised with the same award he won last year, making it two in a row for the Brighton Bears' man.

The South coast side came in as runners up once all was said and done, sporting a 16-6 record, and Smith has played a pivotal role in overseeing the growth of players like Malachi Boakye-Yiadom and James Felstead.

D2M Team of the Year

North MVP Marsden is joined by a St Helens Saints double-up in the form of Connor Murtagh (23.1PPG, 4.8RPG), who came second in both scoring and efficiency across the regular season and Disraeli Lufadeju (18.0PPG, 5.4APG, 5.1RPG), who also featured in the league's top ten for efficiency as well as assists.

CoB player/coach Martyn Gayle also gets a nod (17.1PPG, 6.6RPG) for his overall influence with the Rockets, whilst the five is rounded out by Bristol's Sam Sanders, with the American dropping 16.8PPG this year.

The South involves Vega-Fonrodona along with a pair of Conference winners from London Elite, guard Afrasyab Khalil (14.4PPG, 4.1APG) and  forward Ray Akpofure (13.2PPG, 8.4RPG).

Brighton's young standout Malachi Boakye-Yiadom (15.6PPG, 3.2APG, 2.5SPG) also earns a spot, whilst the team is rounded out by East London All Stars' Florian Damptey (14.5PPG, 6.1RPG).

British Team of the Year

Speaking volumes of the British talent available in the second tier, Marsden, Murtagh, Gayle and Lufadeju all take up spots in the British Team of the Year after being selected in the side detailed above.

Only former Team England selection Daniel Edozie breaks into the five, with the 2018 Commonwealth Games man enjoying a solid season for Bristol, averaging an impressive 18.8PPG to go with 16.5RPG.

Likewise, the South conference side sees a number of familiar faces return, with Boakye-Yiadom, Khalil and Akpofure all repeating.

Brighton Bears' James Felstead (11.1PPG, 8.4RPG, 2.3BPG) makes the cut after leading the league in blocks this year, whilst East London's Mayo Adeyeye is also included. The 23-year-old averaged 14.7PPG and 8.4RPG for the All Stars.

Defensive Player of the Year

With plenty of defensive work failing to show up on stat sheet, it’s always interesting to see who catches the eye defensively for coaches across the league.

In the North conference, Worcester Wolves' Wilfrid Santhe is the man taking the honours. With 2.1SPG and 3.6 defensive boards per outing, Santhe was a real pest on the defensive end as the Wolves went 15-7 to seal a playoff spot in their maiden D2M season.

In the South, Malachi-Boakye-Yiadom makes it a trio of awards for the season as the Brighton man is highlighted for his defensive play.

The former Manchester Magic product averaged 2.5SPG, 2.8 defensive RPG and patrolled the perimeter for Brighton as an integral part of the league's fifth-best defence (73.9PPG allowed).

Young Player of the Year

Myerscough's Peter Asante has made great strides with his development this season, earning recognition as the North's Young Player of the Year.

Awarded to players aged 19 and under, Asante (10.2PPG, 7.0RPG, 4.0APG) impressed coaches week in week out with his skillset.

Another EABL standout, Tyler Fairbairn, is also singled out in the South.

Fairbairn enjoyed a solid campaign for Team Solent Kestrels II, aiding his development with some quality production to the tune of 14.2PPG and 8.6RPG.

Best Game Day Experience

Worcester Wolves were runaway winners of the North conference's Best Game Day Experience award.

Collecting the most votes and the most first place picks, the West Midlands side regularly pulled in sizable crowds for their home games to give the Wolves the backing the needed for a successful campaign.

In the South, Brighton Bears were the standout for the second year running.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy was once again the place to be, and the Bears can delighted with how they continue to promote the sport.


As with the awards from previous seasons, each head coach from across the two conferences was invited to nominate a selection of their own players that they considered in the running for each accolade.

Each shortlist was then compiled centrally and sent back to the club's involved, and each head coach was given three votes to allocate across this year's shortlist (with teams unable to vote for 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.

For Player of the Year, Team of the Year and British Team of the Year, coaches were given five votes to distribute rather than just three.

Senior Playoff Finals

Today's awards continue the 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.

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