Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence women’s program have welcomed three new scholarship holders with Emily Sewell (Victoria), Shaniece Swain (Queensland) and Lauren Wise (Tasmania) joining the 2019 class.
Named in the FIBA Under-17 Oceania Championship squad earlier this year, Sewell has already found success during the Australian Junior Championships as a member of Vic Metro.
She won a gold medal at the 2017 Under-16 Championships before playing a major role in Vic Metro’s 2019 Under-18’s gold medal.
At that tournament, Sewell scored 8.8 points per game along with 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals, tallying ten points in the gold medal match.
Swain also caught the attention of many onlookers during the Australian Junior Championships, representing Queensland North at the 2017 and 2018 Under-16’s as well as the Under-18’s earlier this year.
In 2017, she made her presence known with 18.9 points per game (third in the tournament), 3.8 steals (third) and 13 three-pointers across eight games.
A year later, Swain led the Under-16’s for scoring with 19.4 points per contest while averaging 6.6 rebounds (second most for her team) and 3.4 steals (fourth most for the tournament) while knocking down 17 three’s (fifth most overall).
Her tournament-high 29 points came in the bronze medal game as she took Qld North to the podium.
Incredibly, Swain then brought her game to new heights at this year’s Under-18’s by leading the competition for scoring as a bottom-ager with 25.6 points as well as eight rebounds, 2.6 steals and a total of 18 three-pointers (fifth most overall).
Swain will soon pull on the green and gold when she represents Australia at the FIBA Under-17 Oceania Championships in August.
Rounding out the new scholarship holders, Wise rose to prominence as a member of Northern Tasmania at the Under-14 Club Championships.
She competed at the 2015 and 2016 tournaments and led her side to a victory on the last day of the 2016 competition with 33 points.
Wise has since played important roles off the bench for her state team at the 2018 Under-16’s, collecting 3.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest, and earlier this year at the Under-18’s with four points, 3.6 boards and 1.7 assists.
In addition to her exploits as a Tasmanian representative, Wise has also participated at NBA Basketball Without Borders camps and Australian Development Camps.
“We are excited to see how these talented young athletes embrace the opportunities of a daily training environment and how they will grow as athletes, basketball players and young women over the next couple of years,” said Centre of Excellence Women’s Program Head Coach, Kristen Veal.
“All three new scholarship athletes are vastly different in how they express themselves and approach the game which makes them uniquely promising prospects.
“Over the remainder of 2019 we look forward to a solid training block where all new and returning athletes can further build robustness, athletic ability, skill consistency and training habits which will lay the foundation for a strong 2020.”
The current Centre of Excellence Women’s Class:
Agnes Emma-Nnopu (Victoria)
Gemma Potter (Victoria)
Kelsey Rees (South Australia)
Lily Scanlon (Victoria)
Sara-Rose Smith (Victoria)
Olivia Pollerd (Victoria)
Jade Melbourne (Victoria)
Millie Prior (New South Wales)
Paige Price (Victoria)
Emily Sewell (Victoria)
Shaniece Swain (Queensland)
Lauren Wise (Tasmania)