The NBL 1 was created to strengthen the pathway for Australia’s best basketball talent to reach Australia’s top leagues – the NBL and WNBL – or overseas competitions.
For USC Basketball Club’s recruit Jasmine Forcadilla, the inaugural NBL 1 North season comes at a perfect time as she tries to make her mark back on Australian soil.
Forcadilla, from coastal town Terrigal in the central coast of NSW, has the WNBL on her bucket list.
The 23-year-old combo guard will now get to play alongside Canberra Capitals forward Alex Delaney at Rip City and go up against other WNBL talent when the season starts in May.
“Individually, I’d love to use my time on the Sunshine Coast to prepare me for the WNBL which has been on my bucket list from a very young age,” Forcadilla said. “As a team, it would be awesome to win a title with Rip City.”
Rip City coach Jamie Glover is looking for the 5’8” guard to make a good impression on her team and the league.
“I’m really looking forward to helping Jasmine push into the WNBL at the end of the season,” Glover said. “She is a leader on the court and I’m looking forward to her leading the team this season.”
While the focus is on basketball, the lure of the Sunshine Coast is a bonus too.
“When Jamie first reached out to me, he asked me, “what would be three main points that you want to get out of the season from me and the team?”. I told him it would be development, exposure and enjoyment,” Forcadilla said.
“I believe that Rip City is the perfect environment for me to improve my skills. Jamie’s vision for the season ahead complemented by the team he’s built around it is an ideal situation for me. My hometown, Terrigal, is also on the coast so it’s a major bonus to be located near the ocean.
The sharpshooter played four years in the US collegiate system for St Mary’s in California – a school known for being a pipeline for Australian talent including NBA stars Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova. She graduated in May 2019.
“I came home after finishing college at St. Mary’s and landed a job in marketing and production for a fashion label,” Forcadilla said. “In my spare time I played for my local team, the Central Coast Crusaders in NSW’s Waratah League.
“Like everything during 2020, the season was tumultuous, and I ended up finding a lot of solace in art, specifically painting. I am looking forward to a “knock on wood” smooth and undisturbed season this year with Rip City.”
Prior to university, Forcadilla was a key member of the Australian under-17 women's squad, helping them to a fifth place finish at the FIBA U17 World Championship in the Czech Republic - averaging six points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game.