Sunday, April 22, 2012

Player Scout: Brigitte Ardossi

If you didn’t know any better, you might be forgiven for saying that Brigitte Ardossi is a rising star.

She was outstanding as a junior; she led the Victorian Basketball League in rebounding in 2004. In 2005 she was the leading scorer and was named the Big V MVP, Rising Star, and All-Star 5 Forward. She was an All-Star at the 2005 Pacific School Games, where she helped her team to win the gold, and represented Victoria again at the 2006 U20 Australian Junior Championships, where they won silver.

She studied at Georgia Tech, where she played for the Yellow Jackets, racking up 1001 points and 559 rebounds during her career. She had a standout senior year when she made the All-ACC Second Team, and was named the State of Georgia Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Following her college career, she was drafted to the WNBA by the Atlanta Dream, and played for Cote D’Opale Basket Calais in Europe.

In 2011 she debuted in the WNBL for the Canberra Capitals. She flashed her college ball skills, and quickly became an integral member of the team, slipping into their post rotation. She finished the season with 189 points and 143 rebounds, earning the team’s Player on the Rise award.

Ardossi is a talented post, with an inspirational work ethic. She has strong moves under the basket, and a skilful outside game. She rebounds with determination, and defends with intensity. She has the competitive spirit of a champion, and the strength of character of a leader.

She brings to the Capitals exactly what they need, and while she has already shown that she can stand out on any stage around the world, she is certainly talent that should be kept in Canberra. Not only for the Nation’s Capital, but Australian basketball will benefit by having her experience in the competition.

Ardossi is already a superstar in her own right, and if you haven’t realised this by now, you must be Dreaming.

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