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Caps Academy welcome import Brittni Montgomery

 

Written by Lewis Martin / Photos by Rosevear Photography

Basketball ACT is excited to welcome centre, Brittni Montgomery, to the 2018 Canberra Caps Academy lineup.

At 190cm, Brittni’s athletic playing style will be a strong addition to the team, which already includes Australian Emerging Opals’ forward, Keely Froling, former WNBL guard, Sarah McAppion, and UC Capitals vice captain, Kate Gaze.

Basketball is in Brittni’s genes.

“Everyone in my family plays and played basketball,” she says. “I have a younger sister who just graduated college and is in her rookie season overseas (Sweden) and a little brother in his senior year of high school and is a McDonalds’ All-American.”

“Both of my parents played in college and coached basketball, so I’ve been around basketball my whole life,” she adds.

Her mother, Glenda, was the head women’s coach at Indian River State College and her farther, Efrem, worked as an assistant coach at the same college.

For Brittni, basketball wasn’t always a clear career path, as she tossed up a career in fashion wanting to make clothing for taller girls. One of her heroes is Tyra Banks, but luckily for the Caps Academy a career in basketball is calling for now.

Brittni graduated from Central Florida University in 2015 and in that season she started in 30 games, averaging eight points per game.

She has since played in Greece, Turkey, and most recently in Portugal where she averaged 10.4 points per game.

Brittni tries to constantly improve herself.

“I have always been mobile being long and tall but my game and skills have developed over time,” she says. “Over the years, each level of the game requires you to up your game, so I feel that I have developed over the years at each level.”

This will be Brittni’s first time in Australia, but not her first time traveling as she has already travelled around the world from Greece, Turkey, Portugal, and Mexico.

“The most enjoyable part about traveling and playing basketball overseas is that you get to live in places outside of the United States, experience many different cultures, and see places that people Google and dream of,” she says.

Brittni knows that coming to a new team in a new country can cause language challenges. We hope she doesn’t mind that we call her mate.

The Caps Academy season kicks off Friday, Apr. 13 in Melbourne. You can catch the live stream at the Pot Belly Pub, then see Brittni play in person Saturday, Apr. 14 at Belconnen Basketball Stadium!

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