She’s Got Next touched base with our female star, Ejay Ofomata, who has continued to impress all season long after she was head hunted by Portugal’s pro A outfit, CAB Madeira, to join their team in September 2015.
The opportunity arose after Ofomata made the Midnight Madness National Women’s Final where she earned her place on the first ever MM Female Travel Team, to join the men and represent GB in Portugal’s prestigious summer tournament – the TAÇA Cup Championship.
From opponent to team player, Ofomata proved she had what it takes to play at that next level and was recognised for her talent early on in the season, when she received the Eurobasket Player of the Week Award for finishing with an impressive 18 points and 6 rebounds to help CAB Madeira defeat Benfica 80-74.
British star, Ejay Ofomata, said, “There have been so many highlights during my time here playing pro in Portugal. It’s always a blessing to play abroad and against international competition, and so to have your game seen and recognised, by everyone at home at MM to world wide companies such as Eurobasket, is an honour and a privilege.”
Although the second half of the season saw CAB Maderia face injuries within the team, they refused to allow this to knock their performance.
“Our season started off really well,” Ejay said. “In January, we struggled with a few injuries with our PG getting hurt and so that did impact us as a team. However, we continued to fight to get back, stick to our strengths, and make the playoffs.”
“I had to guard a lot of Guards and I think that has improved my game for the summer ahead. Of course, Guards are faster than Forwards, so I’ve had a lot of practice moving my feet to be as quick as the PGs!”
Now back on British ground, Ofomata returned home at the perfect time to make an appearance and support the WBBL Playoff Final at The o2 arena on Sunday 8th May 2016. After making history together on the first every MM Women Travel Team, Ofomata believed it was a pleasure to watch Team Northumbria’s Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee go to work on the big stage.
“Nicolette really stepped up and Team Northumbria all fought hard together,” Ejay said. “That was a really good game to watch as it was everything a final should be. It was good to see their game on the platform that it deserves, and I’m very proud to say that women’s basketball is getting there in the UK, and to witness players excel from the summer trip is amazing.”
Amongst many names in British basketball, Ejay Ofomata stands as a testament to all that Midnight Madness offers to players who are willing to put in the work needed in order to make that jump from where they are to where they want to be.
After coming full circle with Midnight Madness last summer, Ejay Ofomata looks forward to this year’s competition.
“I hope everyone is excited for this coming summer because it’s going to be crazy,” Ejay said. “I’m excited to see more females play and excel in basketball because that’s what we do! Everyone better come ready because I’m asking, #WhosGotNext?”
Massive congrats to Ejay – keep it going!