The best of the best of the National Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball League will gather in Melbourne on Monday 26 March for the 2012 iiNet Basketball Australia MVP awards dinner to witness the announcement of the Most Valuable Players of both competitions.
In the biggest event on basketball’s calendar, the elite of Australia’s basketball family will attend as the annual awards for both the iiNet NBL Championship and WNBL are presented in a combined ceremony at the prestigious Palladium Room at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne.
The highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Most Valuable Player awards to those two athletes who have been the best of the best in the NBL and WNBL this season.
The outstanding player of the 2011/12 season for the men’s iiNet NBL Championship will receive the Andrew Gaze Trophy as the Most Valuable Player. Past winners have included Leroy Loggins, Scott Fisher, Chris Anstey and of course the man the award was named after, seven-time recipient Andrew Gaze.
Some of the greatest names of the women’s game have taken home the WNBL MVP trophy previously, including Robyn Maher, Rachael Sporn, Penny Taylor and Lauren Jackson. A number of past winners of the men’s and women’s awards will be in the audience to welcome the new recipients to basketball’s most exclusive club.
Other men’s awards that will be presented on the night include the Lindsay Gaze Trophy for NBL Coach of the Year, NBL Rookie of the Year, NBL Best Defensive Player, NBL Most Improved Player, NBL Best Sixth Man, NBL Referee of the Year and All-NBL First Team. The WNBL will also present their Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
Entertainment on the night will include chart-topping Australian artist Timomatic, who starred recently in the ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ TV series and had huge success with his debut single ‘Set it off’.
Tickets to attend the MVP are currently on sale and to join the stars of Australian basketball on the Orange Carpet fans should visit www.basketball.net.au/mvp.