Paul Goriss is confident the Canberra Capitals can unlock Alicia Froling's potential to add serious depth behind a refreshed WNBL superstar in Kelsey Griffin.
Froling will fill a void left on the Capitals' roster by her twin sister Keely Froling, who will join the Sydney Flames for the 2021-22 campaign.
Goriss jokes he might hand Froling the same No. 21 jersey used by her sister but stresses fans shouldn't expect a like for like replacement - even if a twin is as close as you can get.
But that trademark Froling physicality isn't going anywhere as Goriss sets his sights on turning the 25-year-old into an elite WNBL player.
Alicia Froling was a highly-rated junior but Goriss suggests four years at college in the United States may have impacted her development, especially when compared with Keely, who fast-tracked her WNBL career after two years in the US.
"She's tough and physical defensively in and around the post. I know she made life tough for Liz [Cambage] when Bendigo played Southside," Goriss said.
"She had inconsistent minutes [playing for Bendigo], and that probably hurt her confidence in a way.
"She spent four years at college, whether that be a good or bad thing, I think it has probably regressed her a little bit.
"I'm just looking forward to working her and getting her up to WNBL standard. She's got the potential to be a great WNBL player, but it's just making sure we do the development work with her.
"The Caps is a great destination for those people who want to come in, work on their game and get better. We've proven that with the players we've had here."
Goriss has urged WNBL officials to have a plan A, B and C as they map out next season's fixture amid concern about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on a semi-professional league.
Professional sporting codes have the funding and the resources to shift entire teams interstate for extended periods of time almost as soon as a cluster of COVID-19 cases emerge.
But Goriss fears the same luxuries cannot be expected in the WNBL given many players work or study as well as play basketball.
The WNBL used a north Queensland hub last year, but it is understood officials favour a home and away season rather than moving every team into one destination.
"Until we get the draw and know what the WNBL looks like, it's hard to really plan when pre-season will start," Goriss said.
"Everyone is actually playing all around the country which is nice. Kelsey is the only one out of our current group that we've signed that isn't playing, but for her it's been the first season she hasn't been injured or doing rehab.
"It's nice for her just getting in workouts and building back up her fitness. I think we'll see a refreshed Kelsey come into the next season."
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