Canberra Capitals Carley Mijovic and Alex Bunton. Photo: Jay Cronan
The Canberra Capitals plan on using two of Australia's most promising talents to cover the loss of superstar Lauren Jackson.
Dandenong Rangers recruit Carley Mijovic will work in tandem with powerfully built centre Alex Bunton as part of a revamped Capitals roster.
The Capitals are close to finalising a deal with Opals star Abby Bishop, who will slide into the starting power forward spot.
That will leave Bunton and Mijovic contending for the centre position, a role Jackson was earmarked to fill until a deal to change the details of her lucrative contract fell through.
Mijovic wasn't aware of Jackson's situation when she signed with the Capitals in June.
''The whole time I wasn't sure if Lauren was coming,'' Mijovic said.
''If she played it would have been good, but I suppose it is more of an opportunity [for me].
''She's the best in the world, so hopefully I get some court time.''
Bunton and Mijovic were teammates on the Australian under-19 women's team that won bronze at the recent world championships.
Bunton, who stands 196 centimetres, has the height and size to compete with the most physical players in the WNBL, while the 195-centimetre Mijovic has the mid-range shooting game and moves in the low post to play further away from the basket.
Mijovic spent three years with the AIS before returning to her junior club last year, averaging six points per game off the bench for the Rangers.
Capitals coach Carrie Graf said she was still looking for a possible replacement for Jackson, but at this stage there were unlikely to be any more major signings.
''There's now a spot that we thought Lauren might have filled, so we're looking at some options for that,'' Graf said.
''Currently we've got nine players locked in, a couple of role players and if we can come up with something in the next four weeks we will, but we're pretty happy with the group we've got. We've definitely got more talent than last year.''
The Capitals open their season against the Sydney Uni Flames at the AIS Arena on October 5.