Tall Fern Stella Beck is currently a playing NCAA Division 1 basketball on scholarship for Saint Mary’s College in San Francisco. She was named in the All-West Coast Conference Second Team and the Conference All-Academic team in 2016. (In 2017 she was once again selected for the conference All-Academic team and was also elevated to the Conference First team). Stella led the West Coast Conference in field-goal percentage for the second consecutive season and averaged 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Gaels during the season. A regular in the Tall Ferns, Stella will embark on her final season at St Mary’s later this year.
Kalani Purcell had a standout year in 2015 beginning by playing for Brigham Young University in the USA in the West Coast Conference (WCC). Her performances resulted with her being awarded the Newcomer of the Year Award and then again honoured by being named in the All-WCC Women’s first team. The U.S. accolades kept coming when she was named in the NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball First Team All-America, and as a result became the most decorated player in Blue Dragon Women’s basketball history. During the College season she set a single-season record for points scored (684), total field goals (275), total rebounds (443), rebounding average (12) and double-doubles (27). Kalani was awarded Most Valuable Player for both the Jayhawk West Conference and the Region VI Tournament. She also played for the Tall Ferns in the 2015 FIBA Oceania Olympic Qualifier tournament against Australia and later in a series against Japan.
Accepting the award on Kalani's behalf is Tall Blacks Head Coach, Paul Henare.
Miceala Cocks had an amazing year playing in the Australian WNBL for the Townsville Fire. Her coach said that “she is the hardest working athlete within their program leading the league in 3-point percentage and played a vital role in securing the clubs maiden championship in 2014.”
Accepting Miceala's award on her behalf is NZBF Chairperson, Hilary Carr.