The Sherbrooke Suns are ecstatic to announce a major signing to our Big V Women’s program for 2019.
The Sherbrooke Suns are ecstatic to announce the major signing of Brooklyn playmaker Deslyn Applewhaite to our Big V Women’s program for 2019.
Applewhaite, who tasted Melbourne lifestyle as a member of the Coburg Giants in 2017 returns to the Big V where she will be a game changer on and off the court as the first female import the Suns have signed in club history.
Originally hailing from Brooklyn NY, Applewhaite completed her college ball at NAIA 2 school Webber International University in Florida, where she posted 12.7pts, 5.3rebs, 2.0asts and 2.0stls en route to being awarded ‘The Sun Conference All Tournament Player’, ‘All Conference Second Team’ and ‘Webber International University Co-MVP’ in the consecutive 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.
Wanting to progress with her hoop dreams, she took a leap of faith making the trek downunder where she launched onto the BIG V scene in 2017 and returns with unfinished business and new challenge in 2019.
Known for her drive and attack towards the rim, Deslyn’s appetite to improve has always been recognised by her peers and coaches but equally as noted is her willingness to connect with and mentor youth displaying her infectious smile and personality.
Her debut professional stint in 2017 season saw her lead Coburg to a 12-8 record at the end of the regular season qualifying in fifth position for playoff action but ultimately ran into the all-conquering and eventual champion Warrnambool in the first round of the playoffs putting an end to her remarkable season.
Statistically she dominated the competition averaging 23ppg, 10.41rpg, 3.68apg all at an efficient 40% from the field, and testament to her dominance was rewarded with a position in the league ‘All Star Five’ and recipient of the ‘Golden Hands Award’.
Her season was headlined with six 30 plus point showings, double figure rebounds on 14 occasions, she finished 2nd in league scoring, 3rd in league rebounding, 5th in league assists and scored 148 points more than any other player in the league across 22 outings.
Seeking an opportunity to continue her basketball journey, in April this year she landed in El Salvador signing a three month contract with the Giants in the Liga Mayor de Balencesto Femenino (LMB) where she was one of conference leading scorers averaging 18.9pts, 12.6rebs and 4.5ast per game whilst enjoying a new culture and style of play.
Since returning to the states following the completion of her Central American sojourn she began working three part time jobs hoping that a basketball offer would present, so when recently appointed Suns Coach Gary Jones found himself looking to revamp the roster and Deslyn heard the prospect of returning to Australia she quickly jumped at it after feeling a connection with the people and basketball during her previous stay.
“A player of Deslyn’s calibre doesn’t present as an option everyday and with our vision for redeveloping the Suns into a contender we felt that her desire to lead and willingness to make others around her better is a great foundation for our group to follow,” said Jones.
“In addition to this, Deslyn will have an active role in the junior girls program and community pairing with Men’s import Kraig Shields to facilitate clinics and programs for local schools and junior players which is an area she is passionate about.”
Speaking from back in New York, Deslyn was excited at the potential of returning to Australia but one guarantee is that there will be no complacency upon her return.
“I want to build a strong team bond and my goal is to be the champions. I will bring high energy to the Suns in the hope it will trigger the juniors to play with the same intensity which then creates a championship environment throughout the entire club.”
Applewhaite will arrive in February to prepare for the 2019 season which commences in March and more announcements will be made in the coming weeks with the new look high octane Suns Women.