Deveney, Bourne, Agu and Prince win ABL Defensive Player of the Year Awards!

Our Academy League awards continue today as we recognise the top defenders from across the ABL. The Defensive Player of the Year winners are voted for by the ABL clubs themselves and offer a great perspective on the players that have stood out against their opposition this season. 

After going 10-0 in Conference play and conceding a league lowest 60.9 points a game, it’s unsurprising that the North Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year belonged to Archbishop Beck. Ultimately the award went to Phil Deveney for his tireless work across the season, impressing the coaches across the Conference throughout the campaign. 

Archbishop Beck Head Coach Delme Herriman: “It was a surprise for us when Phil received this award but it shows how hard he works at the defensive end, when all the other coaches honour you with this award!” 

In the Central Conference, County Upper had a strong season to finish 11-3 and Jonathan Bourne was a key part of that as a standout defensive player. He picks up the yearly honours for the division after narrowly beating out Aston Manor duo Ryan Anglin and Zack Powell. 

Haringey’s Franklin Agu continues to go from strength to strength as he has another 2018/19 award to add to his collection for the year. After being crowned Under 18 National Cup MVP in the NBL last January, Agu can now add ABL East Conference Defensive Player of the Year to his accolades. 

As well as being one of the top scorers in the conference, Raines Foundation’s Jason Prince has been selected as the top defender in the South Conference. The quick footed guard has forced an impressive 3.9 steals per game this season and has been a terror for opponents regardless of match up. 

As we continue to move through this season’s awards, on Wednesday we’ll announce this year’s Most Improved Players from across the ABL.