Slammers tap top American scorer

Jackson Lavell-LeeBunbury Herald
South West Slammers new import Mari Stewart playing in Europe
Camera IconSouth West Slammers new import Mari Stewart playing in Europe Credit: Supplied

The South West Slammers have signed a new import — elite shooting power-forward Mari Stewart.

The American is a strong and athletic power forward at six-feet-tall delivering several forceful blocks for College team West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The 23-year-old was a top scorer in her NCAA college career with multiple weapons, able to score by taking defenders to the basket or pulling up with a quality mid-range jump shot.

Speaking to the Herald from California, Stewart said she was “very excited” to be signed by Slammer nation.

“I had a great career at West Virginia Wesleyan College, my first year I was the Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year,” she said.

“The next year I averaged 20 and 10 and made the first team all-conference as well as holding a record that year for most field goals made in a game with 44 points.”

As well as being a significant asset on offence Stewart makes her presence known on defence with her active hands creating turnovers in the Swedish league playing for KFUM Ostersund Basketball.

“Sweden was a great experience, I enjoyed playing there and especially my teammates. I averaged a double-double and the team was top of the league,” she said.

Stewart said she would bring an aggressive mindset to the Slammers by creating turnovers with her defensive play and being a strong presence when hunting for offensive rebounds.

Her experience as an on-court leader will be invaluable to the young Slammers team due to an injury setback in 2018 that forced her to look at the game from a coach’s view.

“That year I took on a different role, being on the bench I gained a different perspective and was able to break down the game more,” she said.

South West Slammers Women’s coach Nathan Grover said Stewart would be a tough match-up due to her outside shot.

“She brings some athleticism and some good size. She has a strong work ethic from her time in Europe so she’ll be a great leader and mentor for some of the young kids,” he said.

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