Launceston Tornadoes rising star Ellie Collins’ consistent SEABL performances have yielded her a maiden WNBL contract.
The 19-year-old centre-forward, of Hobart, has joined Torns captain Lauren Mansfield at Perth Lynx for season 2018-19.
“I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity,” Collins said.
“Having watched the Lynx play, their game style has always been attractive and fun to watch, so I am excited to be a part of it.
“As it’s my first season in the WNBL, I am excited to be a part of the team’s style of play and learn from more experienced athletes.
“A few of my past teammates have played with the Lynx, and I have heard nothing but great feedback about the professionalism and culture of the club.
“It will be nice to have a familiar face around; Loz is an amazing point guard to play with, and it will be great to play along side her at this level.”
Tornadoes coach Derrick Washington said in July that Collins was “going to be a WNBL player very soon” following a standout game against Melbourne Tigers at Elphin Sports Centre.
Collins, 182 centimetres, joined Launceston during the summer of 2017 from intrastate rivals Hobart Chargers due to University of Tasmania commitments being focused in the North.
She grew as last season progressed but was a big reason the Torns played off in this year’s SEABL decider against Bendigo.
Collins scored a team high 26-points in the Grand Final, finishing the year with averages of 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.
She shot 46.1 per cent from the field, including an impressive 45.0 per cent from three-point range, and finished in the league’s top five for rebounding.