Kellie Ring signs first pro deal in England
Ryerson Rams alumnae Kellie Ring is making the jump to professional basketball, signing her first professional contract with the Oaklands Wolves of the Women's British Basketball League. Below is the official press release from the club.
Oaklands Wolves have put last years record in the rear view mirror with a week of signings that is sure to propel them up the WBBL standings. The final instalment to a busy week sees the capture of Canadian national team player, Kellie Ring.
Originally from Ottawa, Ring arrives to Oaklands after a glittering college career in U Sports (formerly the CIS). In 2016-17 at Ryerson University, Toronto, the 5ft 9in point guard produced averages of 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists, whilst shooting 47% from the field.
Ring completed her Masters in digital media at Ryerson after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. During her 5 seasons in the OUA Conference, she received two MVP awards, made 4 All Star appearances and was named an Academic All-Canadian Athlete four times.
The dynamic 24 year old is known for her strength, court vision and complete skill set which has seen her represent Canada Basketball at all age groups. Her highlights include U17 and U19 FIBA World Championships, Pan American Games and senior internationals. A knee injury kept her from selection in recent years, however Ring has returned to the international scene and is currently with the Canadian national team programme in Japan and will play in the FISU games in the Chinese Taipei later in August.
“Kellie is the type of player we all wish we could sign and I am delighted we secured her for next season," stated Wolves' head coach, Lee Ryan.
"Her resume is off the chart, her game is complete, but her character is what excites me the most. She has experienced so much success but has a burning desire to continue to develop as an athlete. She will be a great example for all the academy players."
"We are getting a leader, a warrior and a class act alongside an outstanding player that can help us on so many levels. Kellie will be the catalyst that will help get the best out of players, the team and coaches alike. It's going to be a lot of fun this season that's for sure!”
In 2016, Ring won the Tracey McLeod Award after returning from a serious career threatening injury. This award is the highest recognition given in Canadian sports to an individual who overcame adversity. Ring recognises the need for continuous improvement no matter the situation, a view she shares with Hertfordshire-based academy programme.
She said: “I’ve signed because I felt Oaklands, and especially the coach, puts such an emphasis on player development and it's the perfect first opportunity for me.
"It's a very professional club with a mindset of continuous growth, I get a strong sense of family from the team and I am very excited to join the journey!
“The WBBL has grown quickly and with programs like Oaklands, I am certain the league will continue to get stronger over the next few years. I am looking forward to playing with the girls and helping to put Oaklands and the WBBL on the map"