EABL: 2023/24 Regular Season Award Winners Announced

The 2023/24 EABL regular season provided some high-quality performances deserving of recognition.

With a number of awards available, including MVP, All-Conference 1st and 2nd teams, Most Improved Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, U17 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, the end-of-season awards are a fitting way to single out some of the great campaigns from across the last six months.

Congratulations to all those chosen and don’t forget you can still attend this week's EABL playoff final between Charnwood and CoLA at Manchester’s National Basketball Performance Academy.

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After helping Myerscough to a 10-2 record this season, the North Conference MVP award goes to Tyrese Lacey.

Lacey spent two productive seasons playing in the US high school system before coming back to the UK, using everything he'd learned to drop 19.8PPG, 8.3APG, 5.1RPG and 4.8SPG, with both assists and steals leading the EABL this year.

 Lacey was pushed hard by Charnwood's Edward Onyia, but the 'Sco man secured five of the six first place votes on offer for this year's award to get himself the crown.

After their strong showing in the South conference, Canterbury's Tim Oboh has graduated from last year's top U17 player to this season's MVP.

The Kent programme went 9-3 and had a strong opportunity to win the conference before a late-season blip, with Oboh claiming multiple Player of the Year nods along the way.

16.9PPG went with 12.1RPG as Oboh continually impressed, and his efficient shooting around the rim (50.9FG%) helped Canterbury to become one of the big storylines of the 2023/24 regular season.

Oboh just managed to pip JMA's Isaac Round for the award as the duo were voted either first or second by every coach in the conference.

Coach of the Year

The North conference award goes to The Sheffield College's Bradley Connor.

Connor received four first place picks from his fellow coaches, earning plaudits for Sheffield's improvement in both performances and results since January to make the playoffs for the first time since 2021/22, and for the style of basketball they played in making it to the post-season. 

Connor also aided the development of the likes of Adam Tokpah, Zion Dunn, Kelvin John, Isaac Askwith and more, with the quartet all enjoying solid campaigns.

City of London Academy - Southwark have a back-to-back winners as Jay Williams has once again been recognised as COTY.

Adding to last year's nod, Williams led CoLA to the South title with a 10-2 record for the second year in a row, but this time CoLA wouldn't be denied for top spot as they took the title.

Mou Wol-Cummings, Isaac Fiagbe and Khyle Capanzana have all excelled under Williams' watch, making him a worthy repeat winner.

All Conference 1st Team

MVP Lacey is automatically placed into the five and is joined by Myerscough team mate Daniel Nwauzu (20.2PPG, 12.5RPG), who finished top of the league's rebounding charts and in the EABL's top five for both scoring and efficiency.

There's a double up for conference winners Charnwood College Riders as Edward Onyia (20.6PPG, 10.4RPG) and Oscar Curran (12.1PPG, 5.2APG) both make the cut after their regular season success.

The five is rounded out by free-scoring Manchester Magic guard Joe Buchanan (21.3PPG, 6.1RPG), who led all North conference scorers for the Magic this season.

MVP Oboh slots straight into the line up, creating the starting point for a solid quintet that include not one but two Canterbury picks.

Oboh welcomes team mate Ludlow Hewson (18.4PPG, 5.9APG) to the mix after his impressive campaign, with both players ranking in the league's top 10 for efficiency.

The man at the top of those efficiency charts is JMA's Isaac Round (23.7PPG, 6.6APG), who also makes the cut after a campaign to be proud of for the Rockets, leading the league in scoring in the process.

That leaves two spots available for CoLA's Isaac Fiagbe (12.9PPG, 8.2RPG) and Itchen's Will Taylor (19.8PPG, 11.0RPG), who both provided high-level scoring with a strong presence on the glass for their teams this year.

All Conference 2nd Team

Derby and Manchester both have a pair of picks in the North's All-Second team, with Sheffield Adam Tokpah rounding out the choices.

Genti Cokaj (16.0PPG) and last season's Most Improved Player Elliot Lawrence (16.8PPG) both earn a spot for the Trailblazers, with Matthew Goodwin (18.1PPG, 6.1APG) and Darstin Onye (14.1PPG, 7.1RPG) both coming from the Magic. Tokpah (13.4PPG) is Sheffield's lone selection, narrowly beating out SGS' Diego Perez Tosca.

In the South, defending champs Barking have an impressive three picks, with Melchi Egbeyemi (14.3PPG), Amarlie Wilkinson (10.8PPG) and Moziah King-Danchie (14.0PPG) all earning praise from coaches across the conference.

Canterbury's Shem Onadeko (15.3PPG, 6.0RPG) and CoLA's first year guard Khyle Campanzana (12.9PPG) complete the five.

Defensive Player of the Year

Sheffield's Zion Dunn is the North conference Defensive Player of the Year, with Amarlie Wilkinson sealing the award in the South.

Dunn was a big part of a Sheffield defence that conceded the second fewest points in the North behind only winners Charnwood, contributing a high level presence on defence with 2.1SPG.

Wilkinson was a near unanimous choice in the South, sealing all but one first place vote from coaches across the conference. The 6'1" guard helmed the second best defence in the South this season, with Barking allowing just 70.6PPG. Wilkinson's perimeter defence was a big part of that as BA went 9-3.

Most Improved Player

Both MIP award recipients are doubling up, with Canterbury's Ludlow Hewson adding to his All-First team selection, and Derby's Genti Cokaj taking North honours alongside his All-Second conference pick.

With both players finding a way into the top ten players in MVP voting, it's no surprise that both Hewson and Cokaj have impressed coaches across the EABL with their overall development across the season.

Both also sat in the league's top ten for efficiency, demonstrating their overall value to their respective programmes at both ends of the court.

U17 Player of the Year

Awarded to the best Year 12 players from across the league, BMET's Larry Duru and CoLA's Khyle Campanzana have both been recognised.

With Second team honours this season already it's no surprise to see Campanzana sealing another award, whilst Duru led BMET this season in efficiency, points (12.1PPG) and rebounds (8.6RPG) to showcase his clear potential.