Do you like the things that life is showin’ you? Where are you goin’ to? Do you know?”
Wondering if the tune is running through some young folks’ heads this morning. Some surprises, switches and a little history in yesterday’s draft. Of course, everyone knows that getting selected it one thing. Snagging a roster spot is totally different. I’m really excited to see how this crop shows up.
Mechelle writes: Storm, Sun, Wings dominate the WNBA draft
The 2016 WNBA draft is in the books, and there wasn’t any enormous or surprising drama. The first round featured the most expected picks, and those players are the ones who have the best chances of making an impact as rookies.
Here are five takeaways from the draft. (Editor’s note: For draft day interviews, please click on each player’s name below.)
University of Connecticut superstar senior Breanna Stewart was just getting started to respond to questions in the media area here Thursday night as the newly-minted overall No. 1 pick of the WNBA Seattle Storm.Suddenly a big roar arose from the Mohegan Sun’s actual arena venue where the picks were being announced to the hopefuls, their families and coaches, and to the general public seated in the stands.It was already known that Moriah Jefferson, one of Stewart’s two Huskies classmates, had quickly followed as the No. 2 pick of the San Antonio Silver Stars, sending the all-American point guard back to her native of Texas.But the roar could mean only one thing, the confirmation that all-American Morgan Tuck, the third of the specially talented UConn trio involved in the draft, had gone overall No. 3 to the local WNBA Connecticut Sun.
Swish Appeal: 2016 WNBA Draft takeaways: diversity and promise
For the Win/USA Today has the Inside Story on the Draft Day Fist Bump
Also, from Fortune: Meet the Former Coca-Cola Exec Now Leading the WNBA
TICHA!! (Podcast) FIT015: WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro about life as a pro athlete abroad
BASKETBALL: WNBA All-Star, WNBA Champion, EuroLeague and EuroCup Champion, WNBA Top 15 players of all time….the list of Ticha Penicheiro’s successes is endless. But when you ask her about the highlights of her professional basketball career, she looks back at all the international memories and friendships she has created and maintained over the years. For her, this is what will last way beyond her professional athlete life.
Was just talking about the greatness of this woman: Women’s basketball pioneer Nera White dies at 80
A pioneer of women’s basketball, White was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
“Nera White was a true pioneer and trailblazer of the women’s game,” said John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Her skill and athleticism was undoubtedly ahead of her time, and she paved the way for the generations of tremendous female athletes that have followed in her footsteps.”
White also entered the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 as part of its inaugural induction class.