Rockingham Flames youngster Burrows signs first pro deal with Perth Lynx

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Tayah Burrows puts up a shot in the round 20 win over Lakeside. The 18-year-old point guard has signed her first professional deal with the Perth Lynx.
Camera IconTayah Burrows puts up a shot in the round 20 win over Lakeside. The 18-year-old point guard has signed her first professional deal with the Perth Lynx. Credit: Stuart Horton

Rockingham Flames championship player Tayah Burrows has signed her first professional contract with the Perth Lynx after being part of the club’s pathway academy for the past two seasons.

Burrows is a Bunbury junior but played an important role in the Flames’ championship success after moving from the South West Slammers ahead of the State Basketball League season, averaging 7.3 points, 2.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds and a steal across 12 regular season games.

Tayah Burrows, with her arm still heavily strapped following a wrist fracture, had a solid game against East Perth in round 18.
Camera IconTayah Burrows, with her arm still heavily strapped following a wrist fracture, had a solid game against East Perth in round 18. Credit: Stuart Horton

She missed 10 games in the middle of the season after fracturing her left wrist in the round 8 win over Warwick but returned to play important minutes off the bench ahead of the play-offs.

The 18-year-old point guard registered a season-high 13 points against Cockburn in round 7, which also included a season-high 6 assists, and again against Lakeside in round 20.

Rockingham coach Keegan Crawford described her as the team’s “spark plug” this season, and is on record as being a big fan of her game.

“I think she’s fantastic and at 18 years of age, the maturity she shows as a basketball player is superb,” he said.

“What people don’t see with her is the amount of times she’s at Bendat or at Rockingham just shooting and getting reps in. I’ve never seen someone her age put in more work than Tayah.

Burrows controlling the ball in the Flames' grand final win over Warwick.
Camera IconBurrows controlling the ball in the Flames' grand final win over Warwick.

“The work she did to adjust to playing a role for us this year, and some of the passes she can make out of the pick and roll... I see a long, long basketball future for her is she continues to have that same work ethic and work on the mental aspects of her game.”

The Lynx have completed their 2019/20 playing roster with the signing of Burrows and fellow WA young guns Nes’eya Williams and Jewel Williams.

Head coach Andy Stewart said it was impossible to ignore the trio’s improvement in 2019.

“There are a lot of different pathways to the top level of sport, but for them to be a part of our academy, become development players, and then get full contracts, it shows what we are doing is working,” he said.

Burrows gets physical against the Perth Redbacks.
Camera IconBurrows gets physical against the Perth Redbacks.

“Tayah is relentless and hard-nosed, Nes’eya is athletic, long and smooth, Jewel is highly skilled. It’s really exciting.”

The Lynx start their WNBL season on October 13 against Sydney Uni at Bendat Basketball Centre.

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