SEABL: Raiders recruit up-and-coming young gun

KNOX Raiders women have signed one of therising stars of Australian basketball for the South East Australian Basketball League season.

The Raiders have gained the signature of athletic forward Rebecca Allen, the 20 year old joining the side fresh out of the WNBL season in which she produced some impressive performances for the Bulleen Boomers.

Allen is coming off a career-best season in the WNBL where she played in 24 matches and had a season's best 19 points and 12 rebounds against Sydney on December 14.

The 185-centimetre forward will add plenty of speed and scoring to the Raiders along with her knack for getting steals and blocks.

Allen played for Nunawading Spectres last season in the SEABL and she is looking forward to working with coach Cheryl Chambers after playing for her in the Australian under-19 side.

Allen will be joined by returning players Kelly Wilson, Emily Fryters, Shanae Greaves, Jess May and Odette Andrew in the Raiders side along with Bendigo Spirit centre Gabrielle Richards, who will join the side after her WNBL play-off commitments are completed.

"I've played for Cheryl before and I really like how she coaches and I got on well with her, so I would like to continue that relationship at Knox, " Allen said.

"Everyone speaks so highly of Kelly Wilson, so it would be great playing with her at the point, Odette Andrew in the two [shooting guard] and Gabe Richards."

The Raiders women will open their season against Frankston Lady Blues at the State Basketball Centre on March 17 when the sides play for the Hog's Breath Cup.

■ Former Knox Raider Taylor Dyson's US college season has come to an abrupt end — he requires immediate surgery which will see him sit out the remainder of his freshman season with Hartford University. Doctors discovered Dyson's top rib was blocking the veins and arteries that pump blood to and from his arms, a problem which would require surgery for him to continue playing basketball.

"During training sessions I'd start to feel my arm go numb, cold and it would basically turn purple," Dyson said.

Dyson's top rib was surgically removed earlier this month and he will be on a strict rehabilitation regime for the next three months.

The 19-year-old Sassafras resident said he was disappointed to sit out after forcing his way into the team.

"My coach wanted to red shirt [not picked for the playing squad] me and give me an extra year to develop but I proved I was ready to go in preseason and he threw me out there," Dyson said.

"I am more motivated than ever to come back bigger and better; I am not going to go through all this just to be another guy on the floor."

Dyson will remain in America for the remainder of the season to finish his studies and prepare to return to the court next season.

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