Ijeh and Nwagwu scoop Most Improved Player awards!

We kick off our EABL awards this week with the Most Improved player honour, given out to players who have shown remarkable improvement in their performances and development throughout the season.

Our 2019/20 Northern Conference winner is rebounding powerhouse Josh Ijeh from James Watt Academy. Ijeh led the EABL in rebounding this season with 18.2 boards per contest, adding a league best 2.9 blocks per game to his season’s work as he finished the regular season with a 27.5 efficiency rating, good for 3rd best in the league.

“It feels great to have won the MIP award in the Northern Conference this season,” said Ijeh.

“I have my coach and teammates to thank for it as they helped me improve along the journey and I look forward to the next season with James Watt Academy.”

In the Southern Conference, Itchen’s Steve Nwagwu narrowly edged out Copleston’s Jacob Morgan to grab the MIP title.

Nwagwu helped Itchen to an 8-8 record this season, making a late playoff push before falling just short following a final game loss to playoff finalists Barking.

The talented guard averaged 10.ppg and went from strength to strength as the season progressed.

“I am overwhelmed to be winning this award, I have always had the mindset to work as hard as I possibly can whether that is on or off the court,” said Nwagwu.

“I want to thank my family, my team mates and all of the coaching staff that continue to support me through-out my basketball journey and I hope I can continue this wave of success in the future.”

The EABL awards week continues tomorrow with two worthy Coach of the Year winners, they’ll be published at 10:00 am as we continue to publish awards between now and the league MVP announcements on Friday.

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

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