Deveney, Hayden, Agu and Badibo win ABL MVP awards!

The ABL Award season concludes with the four MVP winners from across the league’s Conferences. Each player has enjoyed a special season with a high level of production at both ends of the court. All winners were voted for by fellow ABL coaches and teams. 

Archbishop Beck’s Phil Deveney makes it a trio of awards for the season, adding MVP honours to the Defensive Player of the Year award and selection to the Conference’s All-1st team. Deveney was able to couple defensive prowess with 26.3ppg, 9.0rpg and 3.0apg to make a lasting impression on coaches across the league. 

Archbishop Beck Head Coach Delme Herriman: “Phil has come a very long way in the past 3 seasons, he has really stepped up and had a fantastic season. Hopefully his skills will be noticed and he can continue his career in an American college somewhere.” 

Aston Manor went 14-0 in the Central Conference and contributed a number of top performers to the ABL this season. Conroy Hayden was the player who managed to impress most of all though, walking away with MVP honours. Conroy was one of the league’s few players to post an efficiency over 30 at 32.7, and his 19.8ppg, 16.6rpg and 1.8spg were also impressive. 

Haringey’s Franklin Agu was a unanimous choice for MVP after he dominated the East Conference in 2018/19. Agu added league MVP honours to the NBL U18 National Cup MVP award he won in January, and he’s put up some eye-catching stats in the ABL this year. Averaging a huge double-double at 28.5ppg and 16.4rpg, Agu also contributed 4.8apg and 3.9bpg to his side’s cause. That production gave Agu a scintillating 40.8 efficiency rating, the highest of any player in the ABL this season. 

Multiple ABL Player of the Week winner Aaron Badibo was the pick for South Conference MVP after the talented scorer posted a series of impressive performances throughout the year. Averaging 31.9ppg, including 3.6 3 pointers per game, Badibo also pulled down 6.8rpg and dished 4.0apg to team mates. Those numbers helped New City to 4th seed in the Conference and a 13-5 record.   

The ABL season concludes on Wednesday 3 April at University of Essex as Haringey Sixth Form and Franklin Agu take on St Charles College. The game tips at 1:00pm.