HAT-AGRO UNI Gyor got their first wins of EuroLeague Women out of the way last season during their debut. Domestically it was also a season of firsts as they a bit unexpectedly defeated Sopron in a best of five final series that went the length.
Will this season see improvement for Gyor? Probably not.
Quanitra Hollingsworth had the highest field goal shooting percentage in the league last season and was one of two players who averaged a double-double. The other one was Cheryl Ford. Hollingsworth has moved up to UMMC thanks to her Turkish passport, while Gyor has decided to make due with Chay Shegog. Based on history and present time, Hollingsworth appears to be a better player right now and has more of an upside than Shegog. So that’s an obvious downgrade.
At guard position Gyor has opted to switch from a playmaking point guard in Iva Ciglar to a scoring one in Australian Natalie Hurst. With Hollingsworth gone, Hurst could become the main scoring threat for Gyor. What will be critical is how well she will be able to set up her teammates.
One of those teammates will be Latvian power forward Ieva Kublina who returns to the team after one season in France. 4-5 years removed from best seasons of her career, Kublina has turned from a key player on teams to a supplementary one.
Out of the local players 23 year old Rita Rasheed will be looking to improve upon her stellar debut last season in which she averaged more than 11 points per game. If she can improve upon that, the team re-signing her also for the 2013/14 season will be a smart thing seeing has her value will continue to rise.
Other Hungarian names worth keeping in mind are Nora Nagy-Bujdoso, Zsofia Simon and Krisztina Raksanyi. While they won’t lead their team regularly, some of them can reach double-digit scoring every now and then.
Gyor is a nice young team, but looking at their group it is impossible to pick a game they should be expected to win.