2023/24 NBL Awards week: WNBL Division One

The penultimate day of NBL Awards Week is here, with WNBL Division One ready to go.

After Monday's NBL Division Three honours, Tuesday's WNBL Division Two awards and yesterday's NBL Division Two selections, it's time for the standouts from D1W to shine.

Based on performances across the regular season, we now have just one more league to cover tomorrow, NBL Division One, ahead of this weekend's Senior Playoff Finals at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre.

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Wilson Player of the Year

This season's Wilson Player of the Year for WNBL Division One is Endeavour Ipswich Basketball's Harriet Welham.

Claiming her third award after previous wins in 2019/20 and 2020/21, Welham has been a stats monster and claimed all but two first place votes across the league's coaches.

Welham topped D1W's efficiency charts as well as claiming the scoring title for 2023/24, dropping an impressive 26.3PPG.

The local hero also added plenty more statistical value across the campaign, with 4.4APG (D1W 3rd-best), 9.3RPG (D1W 6th-best) and 3.2SPG (tied D1W fifth-best).

It was a season to remember for the Ipswich standout, also claiming January's WNBL National Cup MVP award to go with Ipswich's first regular season title since 2020/21.

Wilson Coach of the Year

CoLA's Jackson Gibbons is this year's Wilson Coach of the Year, grabbing the accolade for the fifth time after successes in 2015/16, 2016/17, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

Coaches across the league recognised Gibbons' ability to continue CoLA's contribution to the high-level of young talent across the women's game, including the likes of Young Player of the Year Felicia Jacobs, Violet Stutz, Glory Kabia and more.

CoLA finished in third place this year, closing with a 17-5 record.

D1W Team of the Year

POTY Welham is joined in the league's Team of the Year by teammate Liv Forster (17.7PPG, 4.9RPG, 4.3APG, 3.6SPG), who also enjoyed a great season.

Brent's Judit Fritz (21.4PPG, 4.6RPG, 3.1APG) was runner up in the POTY voting and slots into the side with some eye-catching season averages, with American guard Kat Goldsby (10.7PPG, 4.5RPG, 3.8APG, 3.4SPG) providing a well-rounded contribution from Thames Valley.

That just leaves one spot remaining for CoLA's standout forward Felicia Jacobs (11.5PPG, 11.0RPG) as she rounds out the five.

British Team of the Year

Welham also anchors the league's British Team of the Year, with Jacobs and Forster also making the cut to highlight the strength of domestic talent on display in D1W.

Brent enjoyed a successful second season in D1W as Jess Davies (13.6PPG, 12.8RPG) claims back-to-back selections to this side, also taking this year's D1W rebound title.

24-year-old Chandera Jones-Aryeh also makes the cut with 5.0APG to go with 10.4PPG, proving CoLA Southwark Pride with another winner in this year's awards.

Defensive Player of the Year

Whilst defensive work often goes unnoticed on the stat sheet, D1W coaches across the league were clearly impressed with Christabel Osarobo's contributions to the league winners' cause.

Pulling down 7.1 defensive boards per outing to go with 2.8SPG, Osarobo's athleticism and ability to read the game made her a key contributor to a defence that allowed just 64.3PPG this season.

Young Player of the Year

Given her recognition from across the league as part of the Team of the Year, it is no surprise to see CoLA's Felicia Jacobs named as the 2023/24 Young Player of the Year.

Awarded to players aged 19 and under, Jacobs shone despite her age and her top ten placings for efficiency and rebounding to go with 11.5PPG didn't go unnoticed, narrowly pipping Ipswich duo Liv Forster and Christabel Osarobo.

Best Game Day Experience

Team Solent Kestrels may have struggled on the court to finish with a 1-21 record, but their game day experience was once again second to none across D1W.

Winning the award for the third time in a row, plus taking this same award on the men's side in NBL Division Two, Solent Sports Complex is clearly one of the top venues in the country to take in the game, with the club also boasting a top live stream offering as well.


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 the opportunity to allocate their votes 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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