Player

Cayla George

Sopron DOB: 1 May 1989 Height: 193 cm Position: Centre Number: 22

Hometown: Mount Barker, SA

Junior Association: Eastern Mavericks (SA)

Current Club: Townsville Fire

International Debut: 2007

Biography

Choosing basketball over netball due to the physicality of the sport, George utilised a scholarship with the AIS to make her mark in the WNBL. She won Rookie of the Year in 2007, averaging a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds for the 2007-08 season while a stint with the Eastern Mavericks in the Central Australian Basketball League saw her win the best and fairest and a Championship in 2008.

Following her time with the AIS, the centre moved to Adelaide Lightning where she increased her point production to 15.5 per game before her side fell in the Semi-Final. After another move, this time to Logan Thunder, George led the league in rebounds for the 2010-11 season with 9.3 boards per game.

Adding a three-point shot to her already deadly arsenal, she helped the Townsville Fire to a maiden Championship. She shot 42% from long range while averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds, also earning Player of the Week honours in Round 1.

On the international stage, George was a member of the Australian Under-21 team in 2006 and a part of the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championships. At the 2007 FIBA Under-21 World Championships, her nine points and seven rebounds per game helped Australia to a silver medal before she received her first Opals cap in a 2008 game against New Zealand.

Since then, she has represented Australia at the 2011 World University Games and beat New Zealand in a whitewash series at the 2011 FIBA Oceania Championships. A call-up to the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA is the latest addition to an impressive resume and she took the opportunity head-on, collecting 10 points in her debut on 5-7 shooting.

In 2015, George returned home to Australia, bringing her experience to the Townsville Fire and helping them to win back-to-back Championships in the WNBL.

That success helped her to be named in the Opals team for the Rio Olympics where she averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. Following the event, George joined Sopron in Hungary where she holds down the fort under the rim.

Previous Clubs:

2005-2008 - AIS (WNBL)
2008-2010 - Adelaide Lightning (WNBL)
2010-2012 - Logan Thunder (WNBL)
2012-2013 - Pay d'Aix Basket (France)
2013-2014 - Nantes Rezé Basket (France)
2014- 2015 - Townsville Fire (WNBL)
2015-2015 - Pheonix Mercury (WNBA)
2015-2016 - Townsville Fire (WNBL)
2016-Current - Sopron (Hungary)

Major Awards:

FIBA World Championship: 2014 (Bronze)
Halls Medal: 2008
Staunton Medal for best player at the U20 National Championships: 2008

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