|23 October 2013|
|The key to Brno success: Ashley Key|
We take a look at the prospects of one of last seasons' strugglers as Czech Republic club BK Imos Brno seek brighter horizons this time around.
Last Season: In a difficult season for Jan Bobrovsky and his players, the club finished in bottom spot in Group A after losing 10 of their 12 games during the first phase.
Significant Summer Departures: Swedish standout and leading scorer Farhiya Abdi, Czech legend Hana Horakova and experienced frontcourt force Nicole Ohlde.
Roster Review: The big arrivals for Brno during the summer have been Swedish EuroBasket Women competitors Ashley Key and Danielle Hamilton, with the former in particular seen as a player who can have a big impact this season after dominating in the Damligan last year and lighting it up in France. The Czech Cup winners have also brought in Slovakian guard Ivana Jalcova who has had some injury problems in recent seasons, but whose scoring capabilities and talent have never been in question. She links up with fellow Slovak Republic teammate Anna Jurcenkova who stays with the team after showing her importance in the paint last season. In fact, the frontcourt remains very similar with Czech duo Tereza Peckova and Alena Hanusova both returning and they are established national team players with quality. The backcourt will see Jalcova and Key joined by Veronika Vlkova, who impressed last season and the wing spots will see Renata Zrustova and Barbora Kasparkova fight for some court time.
Headline Stealer: Ashley Key is the one player who can regularly produce a potentially game-winning performance by exploding from the perimeter, but even if she is not shooting the ball well, she is always getting rebounds, steals or assists. Her defence is also likely to get the team some wins in tight situations during crunch time.
Sliding Onto The Radar: This will be the second season in the competition for Veronika Vlkova and after a solid first year, when the guard shot the ball well, perhaps she can cement her place on the radar with an even stronger contribution this time around.
Scanning The Schedule: The very first game in Sopron could be a season-maker from the outset. Both clubs are probably going to be underdogs in Group B and so an opening night win would be a big confidence booster, with games against Fenerbahce, Nadezhda, Wisla Can-Pack, Rivas Ecopolis and Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration to also come.
‘Twittertastic': A relatively desolate twitter-land and probably the most tweet-free zone in EuroLeague Women and in desperate need of more updates being sent into the ‘twittersphere'!
In Just Ten Words: Avoiding another bottom placed group finish is the first target.