Basketball Ireland has announced its All-Star teams for the season. The recognition for players in both the Men’s and Women’s Games was voted for by coaches in each division of the National League.
In the Men’s Super League, point guard for this year’s League champions, Paul Dick of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors gets the nod for the first team, along with high-scorers Mike Davis of Belfast Star and Sean Sellers of Maree.
Mike Bonaparte of DCU Saints and Jason Killeen of Templeogue are reunited once more, with the two big men completing the All-Star five line-up.
In the Women’s Super League, three players from the League and Cup champions side Courtyard Liffey Celtics have been awarded All-Stars, with Sorcha Tiernan, Allie LeClaire and Briana Green all featured. The final two slots have been awarded to Fr Mathews’ stars Grainne Dwyer and Shannon Brady.
There are similar teams named in each of Divisions One and Three.
This is the first year of the All-Stars concept being introduced by Basketball Ireland but it has the potential to make up into an annual event and even for an Annual Game or series of games between the winners of one year over the next.
That might require naming an extended panel of All-Stars but where’s the harm in that beyond the commissioning of a few extra medals or trophies to mark the occasion.
PwC at Inter-County level within the GAA and AIB at Club Level have invested in supporting All-Star recognition, as have Electric Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy at Minor and U20.
Perhaps a sponsor could be brought on board and an All-Star Game hosted at a pop-up venue similar to that for the Hula Hoops 3X3 in Dundrum last summer.
You’d never know until you ask…