Ok, so what’s happening….. TRANSFERS!!!!!
Before I lay out the list of new exits, take a some time to listen to coach Yo(let McCuin) of Jacksonville University on Periscope. Faithful readers of the blog will recognize the Dolphins as a program that’s been making some positive moves up the conference ladder. While I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Coach Yo, we’ve had some twitter exchanges that made me think she would be a great basketball person to hang with and talk about the game. Her Periscope session proved me right. Really. If you’re a college coach, high school/AAU coach, high school player interested in being recruited or the parent of that player, WATCH THIS. If you’re honest – as coach Yo is – and listen with open ears, you might hear something that could help a young person make the right decision.
BTW: If you’re interested, you might want to take a peek at articles I wrote for the WBCA’s Coaching Women’s Basketball & Women’s Basketball magazine a while back. They support some of the things coach Yo discusses. (And I realize some of the old pieces are missing…and typos… hmmm. Summer project!)
- CIVIL WARS: Keeping the Recruiting Battles Clean (WBCA)
- HIGH SCHOOL: THE RECRUITING BASICS (WB)
- JUNIOR COLLEGES: Where Opportunities Knock (WBCA)
- CULTURE CLASH: High School and AAU Basketball – tensions between scholastic and non-scholastic coaches. (WB)
- FUNDAMENTALS: The Reality of High School Coaches (WB)
Notre Dame loses two: Erin Boley, Ali Patberg
Florida State: A’Tyanna Gaulden
Might fly the aerie? FGCU coach Karl Smesko could be USC’s frontrunner
Bloomington Pantagraph: ISU’s Gillespie born to be a coach
Columbia Missourian: Missouri basketball’s rise started with Robin Pingeton
Michigan Daily: Season in Review: Women’s Basketball
“Philly has a way of rubbing itself on people and it sticks. When I was [the head coach] at Temple [University] and I used to recruit players, they initially turned their nose up at Philly. And then they found themselves in Philly 10 years after graduating from Temple. It’s amazing. The city has a certain pulse about it. It’s real. It’s authentic. It’s genuine. I’m not saying that it’s always positive, but you know what you’re getting, and that’s appealing. We don’t have layers to us. We are who we are.”
Vickie Johnson and Ruth Riley had countless times in their basketball careers when they had the ball in their hands, knowing they needed to make a big play.
But now as the San Antonio Stars’ coach and general manager, respectively, they have a different kind of big play to make. The Stars have the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s WNBA draft (ESPN2/WatchESPN, 7 p.m. ET), and various ways they can use it.
The Stars also have the No. 5 pick, while their fellow Texas team, Dallas, has three selections in the first round, at Nos. 3, 4 and 10.
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Central: Sydney Wiese, Chantel Osahor, Sophie Brunner await WNBA draft
Lots of stuff over at Shattered Backboard. Check’em out.
- WNBA Draft: Dream Strategy Not Clear Cut For 2017
- Meet San Antonio Stars Broadcaster Andrew Monaco
- WNBA Draft: Can Leticia Romero Help The Minnesota Lynx?
- (not draft)WNBA Free Agency 2017: What Is The Deal With Kelsey Bone?
Percy Allen at the Seattle Times: Washington’s Kelsey Plum will likely be top pick in WNBA Draft
Eric Nemchock at FanRagSports offers his detailed 2017 WNBA Mock Draft
Howard at Fansided/Sumitt Hoops: Projecting the 2017 WNBA Draft: It Starts with Kelsey Plum
At the .com, Bearded Ben York has: Young, Exciting Sun Ready for Draft, Training Camp
Curt Miller had a detailed, inspiring vision for the Sun when he was named head coach in December of 2015.
“Build the program into a championship team,” Miller reflected with confidence and a smile. “It sounds cliché, but that’s been our goal from day No. 1. We also want to build sustainable success. When I took over, the longest-tenured player on our team was heading into her fourth season. We want our core to mature and grow together in the prime of their careers.”
That’s exactly what the franchise is doing, and it has Sun fans buzzing.
New Haven Register: UConn’s Saniya Chong likely to be selected in WNBA Draft
KTSP.com: Former Hopkins Star Nia Coffey Looks Ahead to Thursday’s WNBA Draft (and if anyone can figure out how to YouTube the fabulous Coffey game promo Northwestern put together, holler, ‘kay?)
.com: WNBA Draft 2017: Prospect Profiles
Of those who jumped: Imani Boyette: Jewell Loyd, Amanda Zahui B Reflect on Leaving Early for the WNBA
Recently, two redshirt juniors, Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis, declared for the WNBA draft. Of course, like anyone who chooses to step off the beaten path, there have been mixed reviews of this decision.
My initial opinion of leaving school early for the WNBA? I thought it was a bad decision if they hadn’t already graduated, although it is important to acknowledge how our own realities sway our opinions. I discourage everyone younger than me from rushing to grow up and I also take pride in my Accounting degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Writing from one of my favorite Twitter follows: Moving The Chains: Shireen Ahmed On Sports, Politics And Activism
Speaking of which: White, Peck speak at Equal Pay, Equal Play session
History! @JenniferAzzi Grateful to be heading to the Warriors game tonight to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ABL with Joe Lacob!
“This is my fourth year fighting cancer,” Matalik explained. “I need to focus on my health. I will miss it.”
And Matalik’s everyday presence will be missed by the Avella athletes.
He coached the Eagles for 18 years. He continues to assist Fogg with the Avella baseball team and previously coached baseball for 25 years at Burgettstown. He was an assistant there for seven years. In all, Matalik has coached high school baseball for 51 years.