Jenkins re-signs for 2020 NBL1 season

Chanise Jenkins
Chanise Jenkins

Chanise Jenkins is returning to Ballarat Rush for a second NBL1 season.

The United States import was a star performer for Eureka Rush in the competition's inaugural season this year.

Jenkins capped off the campaign by taking out Ballarat's most valuable player award, the Robyn Maher Medal.

She averaged 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals a game.

Jenkins, who is playing overseas, said she was excited to be returning to Ballarat for 2020 and thankful for the opportunity.

"A huge thank you to Eric Hayes, Megan Collins and the organisation for another opportunity to play with this team which I love so much" Jenkins said at Wednesday's announcement.

Jenkins said she was looking forward to playing in the new Ballarat Sports Events Centre.

"I can't wait to get back to the awesome community and hear the loud roars from our amazing loyal fans.

"I'm also excited to play in the new stadium which I was able to see open before I left the end of last season." Jenkins said.

Former Rush player Lynly Doherty, who is part of a player recruitment panel, said securing Jenkins was great for Ballarat basketball.

"Chanise was very quickly identified as someone we wanted to re-sign.

"She showed that she was able to step up when big baskets were needed. but also play the team style of game head coach Eric Hayes and assistant Megan Collins needed." Doherty said.

"Chanise brings great knowledge of the game to Ballarat and displays the character qualities we look for within our program," she said.

Jenkins has played around world.

Jenkins is a De Paul University graduate and played in Switzerland for two years before moving to Ballarat this year.

She averaged 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.6 steals a game in the last year at college.

Jenkins represented the United States in the 2015 World University Games - winning a gold medal - and is now playing for TFSE-MTK in the Hungarian first league.

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