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Player Spotlight – Maisie Evison

After a brief break, we’re back once again with another spotlight piece, taking the opportunity to ask a WEABL player what makes them tick, how they got into basketball, their goals for this season and beyond, and much more.

This week, we caught up with Nottingham’s Maisie Evison.

Name: Maisie Evison

Position: Shooting guard

Team: Nottingham Academy Wildcats

Tell us a little about yourself:

My name is Maisie Evison and I was born and raised in Nottingham.

I’ve been playing basketball for eight years and I’ve been a Wildcat since I was seven years old.

How and where did you first get into basketball?

I was playing on the school playground and an older kid at my school said I wouldn’t be able to get the ball to touch the rim.

I took a shot and I was just able to do it! After that I just kept shooting until I could make a shot and since then I’ve been hooked on basketball.

Can you a remember a moment when you decided basketball was something you wanted to play more seriously? What happened?

When I got selected to represent my regional team for the first time at U11s.

I realised that basketball can be much more than a hobby and if I was to work hard enough, I could potentially make national teams and become an elite basketball player.

What have been the biggest challenges of your basketball career so far?

The biggest challenge I’ve had in my basketball career so far is being cut from a national team.

Once I had gotten over the tears, I had to figure out a way to focus on what I could do to get that extra step closer the following year.

It was a tough challenge but I can honestly say it helped me build character and resilience which has helped me a lot since.

Who is the toughest player you’ve faced?

I have faced some very talented players during my time in the WEABL, especially during my first year.

However, and I promise I’m not being biased, the toughest players I’ve faced have to be some of my teammates!

Shaniya Rose, Mariam Olawoyin and Dejanae Dennis-Cassanova are the three players that come to my mind straight away. As much as we love each other off the court, we always get at it with each other every single practice.

You can never bet on who’s going to come out on top each time, either!

What are your current goals for the season?

My current goals are to improve my leadership skills so I can help lead our team to a championship as best as I can.

Individually I would like to be one of the better defenders in the league. As I gain more confidence in my defensive abilities I believe I could be a good defender, with a desire to hack and frustrate my opponent.

Do you have any plans or goals for next season?

I’m verbally committed to Rollins College in Orlando so my goals for next season are to bring positive energy to my new team whilst executing what the coaches are asking of me.

What are you currently working on to take your game to the next level?

I’m continuing to work on my versatility in the ways I score.

I’m doing that by working on my skills, such as types of finishes and different 1v1 moves, whilst also going through game tape to improve my decision making and reviewing the decisions I make.

On top of that I’m also working on upping my defensive game by trying to improve my on-ball pressure.

What advice would you give someone who is just getting started in basketball?

Don’t take it too seriously! Just have fun playing this sport because that’s the most important thing.

If you then decide it’s something you wish to take seriously then make sure you do because basketball can be used as vehicle for so many things. Education, travelling experiences and so much more.

I would also emphasise the importance of asking questions to help your understanding of the game.

Who is your favourite basketball player and why?

My favourite player is Allen Iverson. I love the passion and swagger he played with, he never cared who he was up against and he was always going to sauce them up, even Michael Jordan!

He was a very emotional player and was able to use it to his advantage which is something I aspire to achieve as I’d say I’m also a very emotional player.

Main image credit – Hoopsfix/Tara St Clair