Rising Australian basketball star Shyla Heal took the chance to be coached at the WNBL by her famous father, Shane, signing a multi-year contract with Sydney Uni Flames.
Two weeks after being selected as the eighth pick in the WNBA Draft by Chicago Sky, the 19-year-old confirmed that she will also continue her WNBL career in Sydney.
The talented point guard joins Flames after an escape season for Townsville Fire, having helped the club to the grand final.
The great Boomers Shane Heal is the new Flames coach and his daughter loved the chance to continue a long and fruitful collaboration in basketball.
“I am very excited to sign with Sydney and play for my dad. He has coached me since I started playing and he always gets the best of me,” she said in a statement.
“It’s an exciting time to be playing in Sydney, with the Fiba Women’s World Cup to be played here next year, and I can’t wait to be part of this new Flames team.”
Shyla Heal joins Lauren Mansfield and Funda Nakkasoglu as hired Flames players for next season.
Shane Heal had little doubt about what she would bring to the club.
“Her work ethic and mindset will only improve the culture that we are trying to create in our first year,” he said.
“She showed that she can be one of the best shipowners in the country and having her as a key part of our team will help bring out the best in our players and give us a chance to compete seriously right away.”