Coaches poll: Wright MVP, Adan Coach of the Year
Safsal ,04/16/2011
Ramla's triple has been completed and now is the time to reveal the results of 'Safsal's traditional coaches survey. As usual, the coaches were asked to choose their Player of The Year, Coach of The Year, The 1st Team and the newcomer of the year. Full results inside.

Note: Due to the situation with Hapoel Tel Aviv this season, we did not ask them to participate in the survey. The 10th vote in the survey is Safsal's system vote.

Player of The Year: Tanisha Wright, Elizur Ramla
Wright received 7 votes out of the possible 9 (her coach couldn't pick her). Shay Doron, Danielle McCray and Le'Coe Willingham each received one vote.

This is Wright's 2nd time winning the MVP of the Israeli league award, after she won it in the 07/08 season while playing for Raanana Hertzeliya. There's no doubt that Wright numbers this year are significantly less impressive than the previous time, but there's also no question about the fact it does not matter. In 25 minutes per game in the regular season, Wright averaged 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. In the playoffs, she upped her numbers to 16.5 points and 5.8 assists per game, while shooting very well from the field. Wright's greatness this year showed in the way she knew how to take over at exactly the right moments, and in the way it really didn’t matter to her how many points she'd score in any given night. Defensively of course, she never took a day off. Wright's lack of ego was contagious to her entire team, and was a main reason for Ramla's groundbreaking success.

Coach of The Year: Adan Inbar
Inbar was chosen unanimously, receiving 9 votes. Shira Haelyon of Hapoel Rishon Lezion got one vote.

Ramla started the season with an All-Star team lineup and very high expectations, despite not winning a title in two years. The season moved from one peak to another in a head-spinning manner. Try playing a Cup semis game days after a Eurocup peak, or just a regular game against Ramat Hasharon after destroying them the previous meeting, or playing what looks like a meaningless road game after 1st place had already been locked, but you can't lose there either since basketball is a game of habits. Try that with different lineups for the Israeli league and Europe. With a 4th foreigner who could be the league MVP but fit in perfectly with the team chemistry. With situations when a home win by 9 points feels like a loss, and deciding games in the Eurocup in hostile environments. Israeli Cup Holders. EuroCup Holders. Israeli league Champions.
No doubt, coach of the year.

First Team of 2010/11
Tanisha Wright, Elizur Ramla (9 votes)

Briann January, Raanana Hertzeliya (8 votes)

Had January had started the season with Raanana Hertzeliya, you can be sure she would be a serious MVP contender and her team would've finished in the top 4. Even though she only played a total of 16 games in Israel, January left no room for argument that she is one of the best playmakers we've seen in recent years. She finished the season averaging 14.9 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and a league leading 5.5 assists per game, and has left everyone wanting more.

Le'Coe Willingham, Elizur Ramla (8 votes)

Even though the fatigue got the best of her in the playoffs and Ramla didn't really need her services thanks to Charde Houston's performance, the Eurocup MVP's place in the 1st Team of the Israeli league is guaranteed. Willingham carried Ramla through the EuroCup, never let her team down when they needed her and finished the season with 17.4 points and 10.0 rebounds a game.

Shay Doron, Elizur Ramla (7 votes)

Much like in Tanisha Wright's case, the numbers do not tell the whole story. Doron finished the season averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 assists in 24 minutes per game. She was the engine behind Ramla's deadly fastbreaks, and did everything her team needed at the right moment.

Tamara James, Maccabi Ashdod (4 votes)

When James joined Ashdod, many eyebrows were raised around the league. Granted, she's a good player but Ashdod was left with no true post presence and it wasn't clear how they're going to match up with the likes of Ramat Hasharon and Ramla. Now it's hard to imagine what they would've done without James, who carried Ashdod through quite a few games this season. 19.1 points per game, great shooting percentage, 7.2 rebounds a night and most of all true will and desire to win.

Rest of the vote getters:
Katia Levitzky (3), Laine Selwyn (2), Nomi Kolodny (2), Danielle McCray (2), Tiffany Jackson (2), Camille Litle (1), Michal Epstein (1), Ivory Latta (1), Renee Montgomery (1)

Breakthrough Season: Rivka Rus, Hapoel Rishon Lezion
Rus received 4 votes. Keren Nechama got two votes, Eloisa Katz, Bar Gilinski and Ela Yaari got one vote each.

22-year-old Rus got the starting PG spot for Hapoel Rishon and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. She finished in the league's Top-3 assists leaders, behind Briann January and tied with Laine Selwyn. Rus played 30 minutes per game, became a locker room conversation topic for opposing teams, and made the biggest improvement among the Israeli players this year.

Coaches picks breakdown
Adan Inbar, Elizur Ramla
Coach of the year: Shira Haelyon
Player of the year: Danielle McCray
First Team: Briann January, Danielle McCray, Tamara James, Katia Levitzky, Tiffany Jackson
Breakthrough season: Keren Nechama

Orna Ostfeld, Electra Ramat Hasharon
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Tanisha Wright
First Team: Tanisha Wright, Briann January, Tamara James, Nomi Kolodny, Le'Coe Willingham
Breakthrough season: Rivka Rus

Shiki Falach, Ramat Hen
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Tanisha Wright
First Team: Shay Doron, Tanisha Wright, Briann January, Katia Levtizky, Le'Coe Willingham
Breakthrough season: Rivka Rus

Edni Dagan, Maccabi Ashdod
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Tanisha Wright
First Team: Tanisha Wright, Shay Doron, Briann January, Camille Little, Tiffany Jackson
Breakthrough season: Elosia Katz

Daliah Bushinski, Raanana Hertzeliya
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Tanisha Wright
First Team: Laine Selwyn, Tanisha Wright, Danielle McCray, Tamara James, Le'Coe Willingham
Breakthrough season: Bar Gilinski

Shira Haelyon, Hapoel Rishon Lezion
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Tanisha Wright
First Team: Briann January, Shay Doron, Nomi Kolodny, Tanisha Wright, Michal Epstein
Breakthrough season: Ela Yaari


Zohar Riezman, Elizur Natanya
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Le'Coe Willingham
First Team: Tanisha Wright, Shay Doron, Ivory Latta, Renee Montgomery, Le'Coe Willingham
Breakthrough season: Rivka Rus

Tal Natan, Holon
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Shay Doron
First Team: Shay Doron, Tanisha Wright, Briann January, Katia Levitzky, Le'Coe Willingham
Breakthrough season: Rivka Rus

Vito Gilich, Elizur Rishon Lezion
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Tanisha Wright
First Team: Laine Selwyn, Shay Doron, Tanisha Wright, Briann January, Le'Coe Willingham
Breakthrough season: Keren Nechama

Safsal
Coach of the year: Adan Inbar
Player of the year: Tanisha Wright
First Team: Briann January, Shay Doron, Tamara James, Tanisha Wright, Le'Coe Willingham
Breakthrough season: Rivka Rus







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