Last week we announced Knox Basketball juniors Abe Nyok and Simon Grant. Today, we’ll equal that on the women’s side of the program, with Leah Santomaggio and Rachael Quirk signing on for 2020.
Quirk brings great leadership to the women’s team, but also provides versatility on both ends of the floor for head coach Kennedy Kereama.
“From an offensive standpoint, Rachael ability to play perimeter, attack the rim and pinch in as an undersized post,” said Kereama. “From a defensive standpoint she has the ability to defend a number of positions.”
Furthermore, Kennedy and Quirk have already developed a great relationship which will benefit the team.
“Most importantly, having worked with Rachael before in a coaching capacity she has a great understanding of my offensive and defensive system, expectations and will be a great bridge between myself and players.”
Kennedy also brings previous experience with Santomaggio.
“Leah is a super talented guard who I have spent some time working with in the Melbourne Boomers program during the last WNBL season,” explained Kennedy.
“Leah is another hard working, coachable player that is a floor spacer with a great three point shot. Leah also has the ability to pinch into a point role if required and has the physical strength to defend bigger guards.”
“I am in a fortunate position that past and present coaches at the club have done a great job of developing players like Bec Ott, Rachael Quirk, Leah Santimaggio and many other juniors. For young aspiring juniors to see that they can follow in a similar path and play in a league as good as the NBL1 is extremely important in any club structure.”