Academy POTW: Gray, Onyia clock inspiring performances

The Academy Leagues are nearly at December's mid-season breaks, but there was still time for some more fine performances this past week.

Plenty of standouts were once again on top form last Wednesday and with five EABL games and three more WEABL contests, there were plenty of tricky choices on route to selecting Player of the Week winners.

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How it works 

Player of the Week will be selected by paying attention to the following criteria:

  • Efficiency  
  • Stats  
  • Team and opposition strength  
  • Periods of influence in the game 
  • Being on a winning team (exceptional performances from players on losing teams will be considered)

Other players will also receive a shout out as honourable mentions as well.


Sometimes box scores don't tell the full story of a game, and a deeper delve is required to acknowledge top tier performance when handing out weekly honours.

This week's WEABL winner is Copleston's Hannah Gray, though it goes without saying that her performance and stat line is more than worthy of the accolade.

Gray played her part in putting JMA to the sword, and her 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals demonstrated her ability at both ends of the court.

Racking up a 27 efficiency rating in just 24:20 of action is impressive, but significantly more so when cast against the backdrop that Gray is only recently returning from a serious knee injury.

The GB prospect suffered a devastating ACL injury two summer ago and a full year of rehabilitation has meant the young guard has missed two chances at potential international action plus the entirety of the 2022/23 WEABL season.

The perseverance and determination to come back from such an injury shouldn't be understated, and performance's like the one produced this past Wednesday are a just reward for Gray's efforts.

Speaking about the game, Gray said: "It’s great to win this award, but it’s all about our team. So many players deserve individual recognition, whether its Yazmin, Liv, Louisa, Christabel or anyone else on our team.

"It’s been a long road to recovery and I’m happy to be back playing and helping my team be successful."

Copleston head coach Nick Drane added: "Hannah was great on Wednesday, and has been getting better and better after such a long layoff.

"It’s great for her to get recognition for the hard work that she has been putting in to get back to full fitness. This award isn’t just about Wednesday, but the last year and a half and all she has been through."

Honourable mentions

Yazmin Edwards (COP) - 31P/6R/7S/36EFF

Christabel Osarobo (COP) - 13P/10R/3A/6S/26EFF

Aaliyah Clarke (CoLA) - 14P/6R/17EFF

Florrie Cotterill (ITC) - 16P/7R/17EFF


With five players putting up 29 efficiency performances or higher this week, picking a winner was tough going.

After much deliberating, Charnwood's Edward Onyia was the man who got the nod, turning in a top tier effort in a key contest at the top of the North Conference.

The Riders made a statement of intent for claiming the North title with an 83-74 victory over rivals Myerscough, and Onyia's fingerprints were all over the W.

A 24 point, 15 rebound double-double went with four assists as the talented forward also draw six fouls before draining 5/6 shots from the stripe.

With eight points and a pair of assists in the third quarter, Onyia would help ensure his team went into the final quarter with a four point lead, one they'd hold on to to complete the season double over 'Sco.

Speaking about the performance, Onyia said: "It was a great game. We worked hard, came prepared and delivered as a team with many contributions.

"I’m blessed to have such good teammates, and staff, that were there to support each other during the ups and downs of the game.

"I’m honestly glad we came out on top, and I’m truly grateful to be selected as the POTW."

Charnwood head coach Louis Chamberlain added: "Edward is truly a team-first player, and goes into every game wanting to do his bit to help the team perform.

"I'm very proud of our team performance against a tough Myerscough side, and thought Edward made some timely shots when we needed him to in the 4th quarter.

"He's worked really hard on his game over the last few weeks, so it's awesome to see him get recognised!"

Honourable mentions

Oscar Curran (CHA) - 28P/5R/5A/3S/29EFF

Diego Perez-Tosca (SGS) - 34P/10R/2A/2S/31EFF

Femi Adu (COP) - 31P/5R/4A/4S/33EFF

Elliot Lawrence (DTB) - 24P/9R/3A/2S/34EFF