Player

Stephanie Talbot

Melbourne Boomers DOB: 15 June 1994 Height: 185cm Position: Forward Number: 7

Hometown: Katherine, NT

Junior Association: Yorke Valley (SA)

Current Club: AZS AJP Gorzow (Polska Liga Koszykówki Kobiet)

International Debut: 2013

Biography

Born in Katherine in the Northern Territory, Talbot began playing basketball in primary school and at just 22 will get her opportunity to make her Olympic debut at Rio.

Having been noticed playing in junior national tournaments Talbot was awarded a scholarship at the AIS before securing her first professional contract with the Adelaide Lightning. She got limited game time in the 2011/12 season but a year later became a starter and would become the Rookie of the Year.

The shooting forward played a key role in Australia finishing on the podium at the 2013 U19 World Championships. She starred in the bronze medal match against Spain where she scored 22 points and had nine rebounds to confirm her spot in the All-Tournament Team.

Recognising her raw talent, she was drafted 33rd overall in the 2014 WNBA draft by three-time Champions Phoenix Mercury who is also home to fellow Australians Penny Taylor and Leilani Mitchell. She has yet to play for the team yet.

She returned to Canberra for the 2014/15 season where she averaged 13.3 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game. Her rise up the ranks saw her claim her national team debut midway through 2015 and helped Australia qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by winning the 2015 Oceania Championships.

Selected in the 2016 Opals team playing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Talbot's limited minutes saw her gain more experience on the international stage and will be looking to cement herself in the Australian team for years to come.

Heading back overseas in 2016, Talbot joined fellow Australian Nicle Seekamp in Poland representing AZS AJP Gorzow before being picked up by the Phoenix Mercury where she has continued to develop her game under Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals coach Sandy Brondello.

In 2018, Talbot was acquired by the Melbourne Boomers to mark her return to the WNBL while she was also named in the Opals team for the FIBA World Cup.

Previous Clubs:

2011-2014 – Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)
2014-2016 - University of Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2016-2017 - AZS AJP Gorzow (Poland)
2017-Current - Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
2018-Current - Melbourne Boomers (WNBL)

Major Awards:

FIBA Oceania Under-16 Championships: 2009 (Gold)
FIBA Oceania Under-18 Championships: 2012 (Gold)
FIBA Under-19 World Cup: 2013 (Bronze)
FIBA Oceania Championships: 2015 (Gold)
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: 2018 (Gold)

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