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Nicole back, adding SA flavour


MAC Adelaide Lightning have made another significant WNBL signing, bringing star Riverland junior Nicole Seekamp home to South Australia for the 2017-18 campaign.

Seekamp, 25 and a 178cm guard-forward, will join Abby Bishop, Aimie Clydesdale and Natalie Novosel in a revamped Lightning team targeting a return to the play-offs under dual-championship coach Chris Lucas.

"We are thrilled to secure as talented a player as Nic, who ticks all the boxes," Lucas said.

"She brings a lot of toughness, experience and versatility, can play both guard roles and defend opposition threes (small forwards), and also is another South Australian returning to the Adelaide program."

Seekamp spent the 2016-17 season playing alongside another South Aussie tyro Steph Talbot, Adelaide's 2013 WNBL Rookie of the Year, in Poland with AZS PWSZ Gorzow.

The daughter of Alan and Charmaine Seekamp, the latter a Renmark women's basketball legend, Seekamp played her junior basketball at Sturt, was a regular state junior and captained SA at the Australian Under-20 championship in 2011.

Recruited to South Dakota University, she was a four-year starter and in her senior 2015-16 season named Summit League Player of the Year and the Women's National Invitation Tournament MVP.

South Dakota won the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and successfully defended its Summit League regular season title as Seekamp finished second all-time for the Coyotes in career points with 2056, assists with 628, and steals with 265. 

She broke the school record for assists in a single season with 232 and also holds USD records for single-season free-throw percentage (88.5) and career free-throw percentage (85.8).

Equally impressively, Seekamp holds the Summit League record for career assists and assists in a single season, but despite her outstanding college career, she was overlooked at last year's WNBA draft, prompting her move to Poland.

"I'm a person who likes to look at all opportunities before making a decision," she said of her imminent return to Adelaide, where she briefly was a development player during Steve Breheny's ill-fated reign.

"With Chris' help, I know I can get better as a player and keep developing.

"It's an exciting time to be at the club with the new team and we want to win a championship."

Seekamp said her longer term goals included a shot at the Opals and another crack at the WNBA but her focus solely was on the present.

"I try not to think too much about it," she said of again wearing the green and gold, as she did at junior level.

"I just want to take it one step at a time and focus on the more immediate things, which right now is playing for Adelaide."

Heading back this weekend to the US to catch up with her American boyfriend, many other lifelong friends and second families, she said it had been a joy to be back in Australia's warmth.

"It was very cold in Poland, negative nine degrees, but that wasn't as cold as South Dakota," she said.

"It got to minus-40 Fahrenheit there, not sure what that is in Celsius, and the wind was freezing.

"It's always sunny at home though."

Securing Seekamp is sure also to warm the hearts of Lightning's legion of fans, too.

 

May 9

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