We have a player spotlight with Worcester Wolves' Jessie Rowlands to learn a little more about how she got into the game, her interests and more!
Can you tell us a little about yourself Jessie?
I’m Jessie Rowlands from Portsmouth. I have been playing basketball since I was 13, playing for both Team Solent Kestrels and Reading Rockets until moving to Worcester Wolves in September for University.
What brought you to the National Basketball League in the first place?
After being involved in basketball from a young age as both parents coach, play and officiate I decided to start tabling games rather than play. However I always had a love for the game which in turn lead to me playing.
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
Since starting to be actively involved in the NBL to now I feel that it is constantly changing for the better. An example of this would be the improvement and increase in the amount of teams and leagues for both junior and senior sides.
What was your first "bright spot" with Worcester?
I’d say it was when I got my personal best point score in a win against Warwick in a BUCS game.
What was your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge would be moving to a new area away from the support of my family considering they were heavily involved in my basketball at home.
What changes have you noticed in yourself since joining Worcester?
Since moving to Worcester I have seen a massive increase in my confidence which has improved my game.
What are you working on right now, what are your current goals?
As a team we are working on gaining promotion in both the BUCS league and National League.
What is your favourite NBL memory?
My favourite all time memory would be getting to the NBL playoff final with Reading Rockets Ladies in the 2015/16 season. It was an amazing experience to play in front of such a crowd.
What advice would you give someone who is just getting started in basketball?
Work hard constantly. Whether you are the best player in the world or not, if you work hard you will improve quicker than you would if you didn’t work hard. Working hard will also impress your coach as well.
What do you like to do outside of basketball?
Outside of basketball I am a full time university student, therefore the majority of my spare time is taken up by studying. As well as this when I’m not playing I also coach community sessions and table other games as I am a level three table official.
Finally, who is your favourite British basketball player and why?
I’d say my favourite British player is Stef Collins because of her dedication to the development of young players, especially girls.