TAKING CONTROL: Force import James Legan had his best state league season with the Ipswich club this year.
TAKING CONTROL: Force import James Legan had his best state league season with the Ipswich club this year. Mike Knott

American MVP is keen to sign again for 2015 Force

AFTER being one of Ipswich's most consistent performers this season, American James Legan is keen to suit up for Force again in next season's Queensland Basketball League.

Winning a host of club awards, including Most Valuable Player, capped a fine 2014 campaign for the team-minded player.

"It would be a shame to leave and break this team up after making the semi-finals in our first year together," Legan said.

"I just have to see what comes down from the bosses.

"I've just got to wait and see what they're going to say and who is going to coach and what not."

Legan, 27, joined the Ipswich program this year after a stint with the Toowoomba Mountaineers.

"This is my best season in the QBL," he said.

"They are a bunch of good guys and good coaches and stuff and I learnt a lot this season and it would be great to come back again.

"It was a pleasure playing this year."

Legan's swag of awards at the recent Force presentation dinner highlighted how valuable and versatile the Houston-based shooting guard is.

Apart from the MVP, he collected honours as leading scorer (462 points), most steals (20) and as three points leader (42).

"I put my heart and soul into it," Legan said. "It's more than just a game to me.

"To walk away with accolades like that for the season is humbling and it lets you know that hard work does pay off. It's rewarding."

Legan also made the honorary QBL All-Star as did Force's major women's winner Chelsie Schweers.

American import Schweers collected the MVP award, along with most points (447) and most steals (37).

The Force women's Players' Player honour went to Ipswich product Lauren O'Sullivan after her spirited season.

American Brandi Brown won the Coaches Award in addition to most free throws (79), three points (43) and being leading rebounder (226).


Award winners praised in successful QBL effort

The Ipswich Force women also fell one victory short of making back-to-back state league grand finals.

Ipswich Force American import James Legan was pleased to see his captain Zarryon Fereti receive the Coaches award and Kyle Harvey recognised through the Players' Player honour.

"Zarryon was our leader this season and he did that,'' Legan said.

"He is a veteran on the team. He's been playing for longer than all of us so for him to get that is pretty cool.

"Kyle is the man. I will go to war with that kid any time and any day of the week.''

Ipswich Force honour board

QBL men's award winners

  • MVP: James Legan.
  • Players' Player: Kyle Harvey.
  • Coaches award: Zarryon Fereti.
  • Leading scorer: James Legan (462).
  • Leading rebounder: Martin Iti (184).
  • Steals: James Legan (20).
  • Shot blocker: Martin Iti (24).
  • Three points: James Legan (42.6).
  • Assists: Jason Ralph (119/7.06).
  • Free throws: Zarryon Fereti (93.93).
  • All Star League team: James Legan.

QBL women's award winners

  • MVP: Chelsie Schweers.
  • Players' Player: Lauren O'Sullivan.
  • Coaches award: Brandi Brown.
  • Leading scorer: Chelsie Schweers (447).
  • Leading rebounder: Brandi Brown (226).
  • Steals: Chelsie Schweers (37).
  • Shot blocker: Meg Essex (13).
  • Free throws: Brandi Brown (79.3).
  • Three points: Brandi Brown (43.8).
  • Assists: Courtney Taylor (106/6.6).
  • All Star League team: Chelsie Schweers.

SBL women's award winners

  • MVP: Jessica Taylor. Team player: Cambridge McCormick. Most Improved: Brooklyn Betham.
  • SBL men's award winners
  • MVP: Atem Atem. Team player: Kane Bishop. Most Improved: Mitchell Poulain.
  • Referee of the Year: Clayton McAndrew.


Off-season options

IPSWICH Force's most valuable player James Legan is coaching and running camps in the off-season while seeing what other opportunities arise before next year's state league.

One of those is a possible playing trip to Lithuania and Qatar, though that is yet to be confirmed.

"I'm just keeping my options open," he said, currently based in Ipswich.

"I'm still working out and stuff like that."

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