Canberra Capitals coach Paul Goriss has backed Maddison Rocci to become "one of the elite guards in the WNBL" as she emerges as a potential starter for the reigning champions.
The Capitals have signed Rocci on a one-year deal for the 2019-20 season with the club also waiting on fellow guards Kelly Wilson and Leilani Mitchell to decide on their futures.
A decision from Wilson could come as early as this week but Mitchell is expected to take some more time as she weighs up which club would be the best fit for her family.
Goriss is confident Rocci has what it takes to fill a starting spot if the club can't land both Wilson and Mitchell next season – and the 20-year-old already believes she is ready to rise into a bigger role.
"Hopefully well get answers from Lei and Kelly soon, but if not weve got Maddy there ready to start and play a bigger role," Goriss said.
"Her improvement was so rapid from her rookie season to last year. She put in a tremendous amount of work in the off-season when she went and played in the SEABL.
"Now she is going to play in the QBL [with Sunshine Coast], but you just saw the fruits and rewards of her working hard in the off-season. She came back in better shape, and with that rookie season under her belt, was ready to take the step up.
"She showed that in the early parts of the season, we were winning games and part of that was to do with Kelsey [Griffin], Kia [Nurse] and the rest of the group, but Maddy was a huge part of that.
"Her minutes were valuable, scoring, defending some key players on the opposition and making sure she could actually score and shoot the ball better than she did [previously].
"Her production probably dipped a little bit over the playoffs and that comes with experience. I can see she can be a starter within our group."
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