Knox Raiders homegrown star Rebecca Ott has been recognised for her Big V efforts, receiving the inaugural Player of the Decade title.
Ott, like many other Big V athletes, has worked her way from the junior level to the elite in the last decade.
Dedication and perseverance has seen the Melbourne guard progress through the ranks from Big V’s Victorian Youth Championship, to the Senior Championship Women’s, and Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL.
Of all the teams Ott played for, her Knox Raiders family couldn’t have been more influential to her career as an athlete and development as an individual.
“I played with the Knox Raiders for all my juniors. I had two years off after Under 16’s then I came back to Knox and played in the youth league program, played two seasons in VYC then moved on and played three seasons in State Championship Women,
“My very first Big V game was in Youth Championship and we versed Melbourne Tigers. I can’t even remember how I played but I think we won by about 30,” Ott says with a smile on her face.
Entering the Big V’s highest level in the 2016 season, Ott became known for attributes of attacking the rim, getting out in transition and shooting from deep when the pressure hit.
In her final season of the decade, 2019, she averaged 18.89 points, 4 rebounds and 2.32 assists while shooting 49% from the field goal.
What makes Ott such an asset as a player is her consistency to deliver and the clear collaborative mindset when part of a team.
Even with the 2018 Most Valuable Player award and so many impressive accolades, it is her fellow fierce competitors that made her Big V decade what it was.
“My time in the Big V means so much! I’ve met a lot of great people and played with some amazing teammates,
It’s great to get a bit of recognition as Player of the Decade but there’s a lot of players that should have the honour over me. I would have gone for Colleen Planeta or Tegan Cunningham, but I appreciate the love from the Big V community!”
Ott says that for her it’s difficult to break down the last decade of basketball. She finds, for her, 2010-2019 was a time where she got to play the sport she loves, week in and week out, surrounded by some of the best that made her the best.
“There’s too many moments I look back on and just love about my time in the Big V, just a lot of good memories with my teammates,
“I will always remember Hume City Broncos. The likes of Colleen Planeta, Nicole Zammit and Viv Saad, they were tough. But recent seasons it was always Sunbury Jets. I loved the battles with Sunbury so much I wanted to play them every week!”
Missing basketball just as much as the rest of Victoria right now, Ott says it’s given her time to reflect on just how important our game, its community and its opportunities really are.
Moving into the future, Ott wants future Big V icons to follow these words.
“My advice is just to work hard. It doesn’t matter what pathway you take, just make sure you have a good time along the way.”