ABL Improvement Awards for Young, Madubuko, Aziamale & Ojuri

We kick off the 2019/20 ABL awards week with Most Improved Player, given to prospects who have consistently worked to raise their game throughout the season. Voted for by fellow ABL teams, these players have made an impact on coaches across the league for their continued development.

Eastern Conference Haringey’s Owen Young has managed to raise his game despite being part of the side that claimed the ABL title 12 months ago. Young ranked 10th in the league for efficiency with a rating of 24.6, and he continued as one of the competition’s premium defenders, nabbing 5.1 steals per game as Haringey once against booked their place in the ABL playoff final.

In the Northern Conference, Aston Manor’s Frank Madubuko gets the MIP nod as he’s enjoyed a great season. The 6’6″ forward has continued to develop his all-round skill set, averaging 4.7ppg and 5.4rpg as Aston finished the year with a 9-7 record.

HTS Storm dominated the Southern Conference this season and it’s no surprise to see one of their players collect MIP honour. On this occasion the award goes to Matthew Aziamale as the talented wing enjoyed a breakout season to help the Storm complete a perfect regular season. 12.4ppg and a 15.0 efficiency rating showed how much of an impact Aziamale’s play had, he’s a worthy winner for 2019/20.

“The coaching at HTS has really helped me develop my skills to a high level this season.” said Aziamale.

“I’m extremely grateful to be able to receive this award while being part of a great program.”

Last but by no means least, the Western Conference’s award goes to COHENEL’s Tobi Ojuri. After helping his side go on a strong run to the Final Fours, Ojuri’s performances have consistently caught the eye. One of the leading three point shooters in the ABL, hitting 39.3% of his attempts, the guard also scored a solid 15.4ppg throughout the regular season.

The ABL awards week continues tomorrow with the announcement of four worthy Coach of the Year winners They’ll go live at 10:00 am as we continue to publish awards between now and the league MVP announcements on Friday.

The ABL finals take place next Wednesday at the University of Essex, with entry free for all spectators.