That season resulted in a one win season in EuroLeague (the lone win surprisingly came against Wisla Can-Pack) and a hard fought second place in Czech Republic.
Offseason apparently came with increased budget as the team was able to sign several experienced players for this season, including, Hana Horakova, Nicole Ohlde, Anna Jurcenkova, Edita Sujanova and Veronika Vlkova. Of their top five leading scorers last season, only Jasmine Thomas has left the team, which means they were able to secure the services of their top young players from last season.
How much the youngsters will get to play this season will depend on them and how much they have improved from last season. Of the leading Brno players in 2011/12 only Tereza Peckova shot over 40% from the field. The rest of the team were shooting in the thirties which you can expect from a young inexperienced team. In the whole ELW Brno was in fact the worst shooting team with 36% from the field. Expect that to change this season as coach Bobrovsky will have veteran, more consistent options.
Return of Hana Horakova will undoubtedly be a boost for Brno. She showed briefly last season with Kosice that she has more in her tank than she had displayed on the loaded Fenerbahce and UMMC. With not much options at the guard position newcomer Veronika Vlkova will get a decent amount of minutes how she will fare at this level is anyone’s guess. After a promising start to the last season, Farhiya Abdi played more terribly with each game, ending up with sub-30% shooting from inside, sub-20% shooting from outside and nearly 3 times as many turnovers as assists. Her shot selection will be a fascinating subject to follow this season. If she continues where she left off last season, we might not see her in ELW (not to even mention the WNBA) much more. Much more promising at the forward positions last season was Tereza Peckova who was the team’s best scorer from inside and outside, shooting percentage wise. With more depth inside she will likely split more minutes with Abdi rather then both of them will play together.
One of the biggest reasons not named Abdi for a very low shooting percentage is a weak play by the posts. That was a point of emphasis this offseason as the team signed three new posts – Nicole Ohlde, Anna Jurcenkova and Edita Sujanova. Ohlde is coming of her worst season in years as she was averaging 6.8 points and 5 rebounds per game in Italian A1 league. Whether that was an anomaly or a sign of things to come in her career, we’ll see during this season. Jercenkova, Sujanova and the returning Hanusova are nice backup players to have, unfortunately one of them will have to start. If you compare that to last season, it’s still a vast improvement over what was then. It appears that only two of those four post players will start the season with the team. Edita Sujanova still appears to be recovering from her torn ACL while Alena Hanusova sustained a meniscus injury and is not expected back until mid to late November.
The group for Brno is favorable to think about advancing to the playoffs. Neither Gyor, nor Tarsus have compiled spectacular rosters so fight for the fifth place in the group now is pretty open between those three.