The point guard debate facing the Opals
What did the World Cup Qualifying Event teach us about the depth of the national team at the point guard position?
At the FIBA Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, the Opals showed to the World that they have put the turmoil of their Olympic campaign firmly in their past and flashed a newfound identity that has many fans feeling excited. Intensity and aggression on the defensive end of the court will be the national team’s calling card, which has opened up a fast-paced brand of basketball for Sandy Brondello’s squad.
While there is much to be optimistic about, this team is not a finished product and will be hoping for further growth as they build towards the Sydney World Cup in September. An area of focus for the Opals will be at the back-up point guard position. Let’s take a look at the situation.
Whitcomb needs more support
If it wasn’t already apparent leading up to the World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Sami Whitcomb has established herself as the point guard for the Australian Opals. While many would have considered this a certainty following the Asia Cup, the inclusion of Shyla Heal and Maddi Rocci opened the door for her to spend more time off the ball, at least sparingly. Based off what we saw in Belgrade, however, this was not a priority for Sandy Brondello’s squad.