Charlisse Leger-Walker (Waikato) | 2017

For the second year running, Charlisse Leger-Walker receives the McLoughlin Trophy.

Leger-Walker enjoyed an outstanding 2017 season that culminated in an invitation to join the Tall Ferns wider training squad in preparation for the FIBA Asia Cup.

She also represented New Zealand at two FIBA pinnacle events last year, as part of the Aon New Zealand Under 18 team that won silver at the FIBA Oceania Championships. In doing so, they qualified for the 2018 Under 18 FIBA Asia Championships. Leger-Walker also helped lead the New Zealand Under 16 women to a fourth place finish at the FIBA Under 16 Asia Championships, again qualifying for the Under 17 FIBA World Championships, which will take place later this year.

Leger-Walker was also dominant in the domestic season. She led Waikato to two national championships at the Under 19 and Under 23 tournaments, claiming MVP at both. Already she looks to be a strong contender to get the three-peat next year as her accolades continue to mount, including recently becoming the youngest ever Tall Fern to wear the national singlet.

Accepting the award on Charlisse’s behalf is Shervan Heu.