BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE North-West Thunder forward Nick Banyard has been rewarded for a consistent second half of the season by being named in the top 20 nominees for the NBL1 most valuable player award.
Banyard led the Thunder in points (17.8) and rebounds (9.2) per game and was second behind point guard Lachlan Dent for assists (2.8).
Thunder coach Sam Armstrong said after finding his feet in the league, Banyard developed into one of the premier players in his position, but believed that illness halted his progression.
“He had a 3-4 week period just before he got sick where he really his his straps, and then at the end of the season he was playing at a really high level of basketball as well,” Armstrong said.
“It was a frustrating time for him because he knew how much of an impact he was having our team.”
Banyard is joined on the list by Hobart players Tad Dufelmeier and Jalen Adams.
The winner will be announced on August 18.
MEN’S MVP TOP 20: Adam Doyle (Eltham), Alex Ducas (BA COE), Damon Bozeman (Frankston), Dane Pineau (Melbourne), Demarcus Gatlin (Geelong), Deondre McWhorter (Waverley), Dylan Travis (Waverley), Jalen Adams (Hobart), Jerry Evans Jr (Ballarat), Ken-Jah Bosley (Albury-Wodonga), Logan Hovey (Diamond Valley), Lucas Barker (Dandenong), Nic Pozoglou (Melbourne), Nick Banyard (North-West Thunder), Ray Turner (Bendigo), Sam Froling (Dandenong), Simon Conn (Nunawading), Tad Dufelmeier (Hobart), Tohi Smith-Milner (Kilsyth), Torren Jones (Albury-Wodonga).