Rebecca Allen has some of the quickest reflexes in the WNBL and it turns out her decision making is just as fast.
A little more than a week after her Melbourne Boomers bowed out of the WNBL finals, Allen has re-signed for next season, giving supporters no time to worry about her future at the club.
The 21-year-old forward won the Robyn Maher trophy as defensive player of the year and established herself as one of the faces of the WNBL with a stellar second half of the season. The Boomers made the finals and went within a few points of upsetting grand-finalist Townsville Fire in Townsville during the elimination semi final.
"The Boomers got to me pretty quickly," Allen said.
"But I also knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to play for Melbourne Boomers and play for Guy [Molloy, Boomers coach].
"It was easy for me to get it out of the way and have no stress about it."
Allen added she had no desire to test out free agency, despite the certainty she could make more money at bigger WNBL clubs, with the Boomers considered to have one of the lowest budgets in the league.
"It's not really about money for me right now – it's more about developing my fundamentals," Allen said.
"If I get my development right then I think the big money will be there for me later on – it's about getting better as quickly as I can."
The Boomers also hope to re-sign the majority of their team from this season after the group built strong team chemistry and excelled running Molloy's shuffle-cut offence.
"I'm pretty sure Guy wants to keep our core group together," Allen said.
"We all know what he wants and it will give us the opportunity to have our core group and build from there.
"We will also need some more height after we lost our centre Chelsea Poppens [to injury].
"Having the right personalities also matters because we have to rely on each other to run the offence the right way and glue together as a team."
With Allen making the recent Opals training camp, she hopes to win another chance to train or tour with the national team as it prepares for the world championships later this year.
Allen has also teased basketball fans earlier this year, telling The Age she was closing in on slam dunking, something which is still a work in progress.
Allen will also return to her junior club, Nunawading Spectres, for the upcoming South East Australian Basketball League season.
Just to show her talents aren't restricted to the basketball court, this week Allen began studying audiology at Latrobe University, Bundoora.
"I would love to make the team for the worlds but I would have to work incredibly hard to make it," she said.
"I'd love all the chances I can get to be with the Opals, if not I will be here studying and playing for the Spectres."
The WNBL season comes to a close on Sunday when Bendigo Spirit plays Townsville Fire at Bendigo Stadium in the WNBL grand final.
The game will be live on ABC1 at 3pm in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT.