Vashti completed her studies at William Penn University (NAIA Div 1) from 2015-19 in Oskaloosa, Iowa with some impressive stats in her final year including averages of: 18.45ppg , FG 227/384 @ 59.1%, FT 155/188 @ 82.4%, 8.94rpg, 1.76apg, 1.73spg and 1.42bpg; and comes to us off a successful season in South America where she played for Club Deportivio Villa Imperial.
Head Coach, Jacqui Henry will be looking for Vashti to utilise her wealth of knowledge, and experience of winning a conference championship, to provide strong leadership to our young playing group while further supporting our VJBL programs.
She is a hustle player who is not afraid of contact or throwing herself on the floor to gain possession. Her defensive pressure contributes to the many turnovers attributed to her team’s stats - taking charges, blocking shots and scooping up rebounds, while taking care of the finer points of ‘D’ in boxing out and help-side defense.
Coach Henry said, “We are excited to have Vashti join the Bushrangers squad and provide more depth to the group. She will be a much-needed strong presence inside the key both offensively and defensively. She brings with her a lot of experience and can stretch the floor and play from the perimeter. We look forward to her working with some of our young and developing players to help them continue to take their game to the next level. “
Upon signing, Vashti said, “I am very excited to be a part of this team in this new place! I believe in the coach’s vision for the team and I am excited for all the new experiences I will have!” Vashti is also really looking forward to the warmer weather out here, as it is super cold in Wisconsin right now.
Her hard word, dedication and passion for the game, makes her a a great asset for our team. This extends off court as well, as Vashti loves the idea of ‘developing the kids and letting their improvement be fun’. Junior player development in North East Victoria is a priority for the Club and Vashti is excited at the prospect of imparting her knowledge, and in the process, adding value to a new generation of basketballers.
North East Bushrangers would like to extend their appreciation to Ross Smith and Alex from 01 Sports Management for their professionalism in sourcing and securing Vashti Nwagbaraocha for the Club in 2020.
Vashti is due to arrive in Wangaratta late in February.