Returning for her second season of WBBL basketball at Cardiff Met, combo guard Issy Bunyan returns ready to build on an incredibly successful debut year.
Bunyan is the exact prototype of modern basketball – length, shooting, athletic, defensive nightmare – and will be a key part of the Archers rotation this year.
In her first year, Issy was a key role player for the Archers off the bench, averaging 21 minutes per game along with just over 7 PPG. She also averaged 4.4 RPG and 1.7 APG, and was second in the league with 1.7 blocks per game as a guard.
Issy returns to the team on the heels of an intense summer – she has played in the Rebound All-Star Event, Four Nations U19 Tournament with Wales, the Wales 3×3 National Team Qualifiers for the Commonwealth Games, and was named the MVP of the U19 Women’s game in the Hoopsix All-Star Classic. Shortly followed the GB U18 FIBA European Championships squad where she averaged 9.1 points per game, and a trip to Hungary to feature in the U18 3×3 World Cup for Great Britain. She was also named in the WNBL D1 British Team of the Year as she helped lead the Archers II side to a 13-9 record and 6 seed in the playoffs.
Issy will be looking for more this year; having already established herself at such a young age, another season to grow in the Archers program should reap fantastic dividends. If her WNBL stats are any indication, the WBBL team will see plenty of growth, as Issy averaged 13.9 points per game along with 2.9 steals and 2.6 blocks per game. Those figures are a sign of what is to come – Issy is one of the key talents in the Welsh basketball system, and has plenty more to come this season.
On signing for the Archers again, Bunyan said, “Last year’s experience was great for me, playing so much, starting for the team, and I want to have a bigger impact this year. It’s great to learn from people like Stef Collins or Shannon Hatch, and to play for my local WBBL team is always exciting for me.”
Head Coach Stef Collins added, “Issy had a great summer, and over recent years she’s worked incredibly hard and performed at an elite level for every team she has played for, at international and domestic level. Her size and agility make her a tough combination, and she’s a fantastic competitor and teammate.”