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PostPosted: 01/12/18 11:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Gabby Williams = Armintie Price in the W

So you think more a SG/SF than the SF/PF of an Alyssa Thomas? Because the more perimeter-focussed she is the more the lack of range becomes an issue. Much as I loved Price/Herrington and the positive elements of her game, her complete inability to hit a shot from beyond three inches was a significant problem for many teams she was on.


I think we all agree that her shot has to improve for her to be a long term success/impact player.

Defensively though, I think she is better euqipped for the 2/3 and some smaller 4s. I can't see her covering Parker/Ogwumike types very successfully for long periods.


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Gabby Williams = Armintie Price in the W


So you're predicting Rookie of the Year for her?


And being a lottery pick!



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Gabby Williams = Armintie Price in the W


So you're predicting Rookie of the Year for her?


And being a lottery pick!


Yes, I think she will be a lottery pick. With Chicago having two picks, I think she could easily be the second pick they make.


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Why is no one discussing alexis Jennings? If she were to declare early id want her at #6!



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PostPosted: 01/14/18 6:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Lexie Brown has definitely impressed me this season. I'd definitely take her as the first guard in the draft ahead of Canada. She's bigger, a better shooter, and a better defender. As a matter of fact I think I would take Nurse ahead of Canada as well Shocked


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In all fairness to Gabby Williams shooting range, she is not permitted by Geno to shoot 3's. Proscribed, not allowed, barred, forbidden, nada etc...

And, rightfully so in that she has a role to play on the team based on her athleticism and quickness, and, why would you want her jacking up threes when you have Kia, Lou, Crystal, Azura and Napheesa available.

On offense, Gabby's role is to move, screen, pass, create openings and chaos in and around the basket/key, rebound and score. Geno has been very adamant on this with her and has given her Hell for when she deviates. Her practice time does not consist of plays designed for her to shoot 3's.

Now, I'm not saying she is or will be a great or good long distance shooter because frankly we can't/don't really know. Obviously, she's not as good a long distance shooter as the five mentioned. She's been told she'll have time to perfect it later.

Considering this, I would suspect it will take time for her to become adept and comfortable shooting 3's because she hasn't done so in games, except when she did it anyways. And, in the WNBA the 3 ball is a farther shot than in college.

One thing that can be counted on is that she will practice and work hard on developing a long distance shot because she is a relentless perfectionist.

Whatever team drafts her is going to have to accept this and give her time. Right now, it's definitely a question mark and may or may not affect her draft position. Other than being a lottery pick, it really doesn't make much of a difference when a player's picked in WNBA.

I think the worst team for her to be drafted by would be Indiana.


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PostPosted: 01/15/18 9:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Why is no one discussing alexis Jennings? If she were to declare early id want her at #6!


Sure glad you aren't the GM of my team! Wink


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A MOCK WNBA DRAFT CHOSEN BY PANEL OF LEAGUE'S COACHES, GMS

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/A-panel-of-WNBA-coaches-and-general-managers-put-together-mock-selections-for-the-first-round-of-the-league-s-draft-that-will-take-place-this-spring/id-94ef8b26279c4b768d5b9d9744f50655

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Gabby Williams, UConn. The most athletic player in the draft, Williams is a tremendous all-around player



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PostPosted: 01/15/18 10:05 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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A MOCK WNBA DRAFT CHOSEN BY PANEL OF LEAGUE'S COACHES, GMS

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/A-panel-of-WNBA-coaches-and-general-managers-put-together-mock-selections-for-the-first-round-of-the-league-s-draft-that-will-take-place-this-spring/id-94ef8b26279c4b768d5b9d9744f50655

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Gabby Williams, UConn. The most athletic player in the draft, Williams is a tremendous all-around player


I gotta' wonder how many are on this "panel". Using a lottery pick on a 19.5 year old Russian kid seems like way too much of a crap shoot. Also...no Nared?



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Vadeeva likely won't be a lottery pick due to her probably not coming over this season. Williams dropping to #7? Vivians a first rounder?



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A MOCK WNBA DRAFT CHOSEN BY PANEL OF LEAGUE'S COACHES, GMS

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/A-panel-of-WNBA-coaches-and-general-managers-put-together-mock-selections-for-the-first-round-of-the-league-s-draft-that-will-take-place-this-spring/id-94ef8b26279c4b768d5b9d9744f50655

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Gabby Williams, UConn. The most athletic player in the draft, Williams is a tremendous all-around player


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If Vadeeva says she's coming then I could understand her going that high, but playing her with Dolson would be problematic. That makes the fit with Chicago pretty awkward.

Generally speaking I think there are lots of picks and fits in that mock that make a lot of sense. Probably too many, because in the real draft there are usually plenty where you wonder how the hell it's going to work.



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I have Vadeeva going at #6 at the highest. It's a risk to possibly take her over Russell.



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I have Vadeeva going at #6 at the highest. It's a risk to possibly take her over Russell.

Drafting a big white foreign teenager really high turned out pretty well for Seattle once in the past.



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I have Vadeeva going at #6 at the highest. It's a risk to possibly take her over Russell.

Drafting a big white foreign teenager really high turned out pretty well for Seattle once in the past.


Aussies tend to show up more often than Russians. Though the Stepanova & Cambage comparisons are way too similar.



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If Vadeeva says she's coming then I could understand her going that high, but playing her with Dolson would be problematic. That makes the fit with Chicago pretty awkward.

Generally speaking I think there are lots of picks and fits in that mock that make a lot of sense. Probably too many, because in the real draft there are usually plenty where you wonder how the hell it's going to work.


Top four or five...after that I think it's less likely. From what I hear there are a couple of "non First rounders" listed there too.


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toad455 wrote:
I have Vadeeva going at #6 at the highest. It's a risk to possibly take her over Russell.

Drafting a big white foreign teenager really high turned out pretty well for Seattle once in the past.


Aussies tend to show up more often than Russians. Though the Stepanova & Cambage comparisons are way too similar.

You stole all my words about drafting a European player versus drafting a player from Australia. European players do not have a history of making a long term commitment to playing in the WNBA. Confused



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Other than my having no good sense of where Vadeeva should be picked or by whom, I think the top six are pretty realistic. There's a couple in the second six I wouldn't make but that wouldn't surprise me if they happen.

When I read the comments before looking at the list, I thought the projections would be really out of left field. In actuality, this looks better than most any I've seen.


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dtsnms wrote:
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Why is no one discussing alexis Jennings? If she were to declare early id want her at #6!


Sure glad you aren't the GM of my team! Wink


I had a few too many glasses of the jennings juice yesterday . With the small # of bigs in this draft she could elevate her stock if she decided to declare . Jennings at #6 would work , only for the Wings though .



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sigur3 wrote:
pilight wrote:
A MOCK WNBA DRAFT CHOSEN BY PANEL OF LEAGUE'S COACHES, GMS

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/A-panel-of-WNBA-coaches-and-general-managers-put-together-mock-selections-for-the-first-round-of-the-league-s-draft-that-will-take-place-this-spring/id-94ef8b26279c4b768d5b9d9744f50655

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Gabby Williams, UConn. The most athletic player in the draft, Williams is a tremendous all-around player


shoot me.


Why? When I saw Pilight's post with that quote, I thought perhaps he was signalling that she was #1 in the mock draft. She's actually #7, which seems pretty realistic for her draft position.

Or is it that you don't want her in Washington?


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ArtBest23 wrote:
sigur3 wrote:
pilight wrote:
A MOCK WNBA DRAFT CHOSEN BY PANEL OF LEAGUE'S COACHES, GMS

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/A-panel-of-WNBA-coaches-and-general-managers-put-together-mock-selections-for-the-first-round-of-the-league-s-draft-that-will-take-place-this-spring/id-94ef8b26279c4b768d5b9d9744f50655

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Gabby Williams, UConn. The most athletic player in the draft, Williams is a tremendous all-around player


shoot me.


Why? When I saw Pilight's post with that quote, I thought perhaps he was signalling that she was #1 in the mock draft. She's actually #7, which seems pretty realistic for her draft position.

Or is it that you don't want her in Washington?


Oh no, nothing to do with Gabby. I don't like the Chicago picks in that mock.



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Lexie Brown has definitely impressed me this season. I'd definitely take her as the first guard in the draft ahead of Canada.


You mean the first guard after Mitchell... only if you don't consider DeShields a guard? I consider her a big guard.



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In all fairness to Gabby Williams shooting range, she is not permitted by Geno to shoot 3's. Proscribed, not allowed, barred, forbidden, nada etc...


She made one in the preseason....





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A MOCK WNBA DRAFT CHOSEN BY PANEL OF LEAGUE'S COACHES, GMS

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/A-panel-of-WNBA-coaches-and-general-managers-put-together-mock-selections-for-the-first-round-of-the-league-s-draft-that-will-take-place-this-spring/id-94ef8b26279c4b768d5b9d9744f50655


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Minnesota: Shakayla Thomas, Florida State. Could be a good replacement for Plenette Pierson, who retired after last season.


Yeah, a 5'11 replacement for Pierson. No thanks!



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ArtBest23 wrote:

When I read the comments before looking at the list, I thought the projections would be really out of left field. In actuality, this looks better than most any I've seen.


Looks about the same as what's been said here... usual suspect players, anyway. Russell to Dallas, where have I heard that before?

I'd swap Vadeeva and Gabby's positions in this mock. Why would Chicago want her? Makes no sense. Overloaded position if Coates is playing. Thibault would be the first one intrigued by a foreign prospect, Agler second, Reeve third.

But if Vadeeva were to come out with a statement like she's really enthused about playing in the WNBA and would like to play there every year, then maybe Pokey would give her a look? Pokey used to coach in Russia. She might have some Russian connections to get the full scoop on Vadeeva, and she might have picked up a little on the language.

I'm not sure why coaches and GM's would even want to participate in this mock, even if it is done anonymously. Why would they want to give hints or tips to the opposition?



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Lexie Brown has definitely impressed me this season. I'd definitely take her as the first guard in the draft ahead of Canada.


You mean the first guard after Mitchell... only if you don't consider DeShields a guard? I consider her a big guard.



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If Anyone wants to see a prime example of why Gabby cannot play post in the W, see Tonight's game vs Texas.

Gabby In a Pick & Roll on offense as the ball handler also was a Shocked and did not last long. Her effort is undeniable though but she will NOT be the next Tamika Catchings in no way or form.



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So I still like Vadeeva in LA and could see Agler liking her. Vadeeva is currently playing with N. Ogwumike in Russia.

I basically came up with this after seeing Vadeeva at #4 in the above mock as well as at #2 on someone's mock. (TBH I though she was a safe bet at #11 or #12.)

If Vadeeva was willing to come over and it was a risk someone would draft her before #11 would a trade with Chicago work.

Lavender or Lavender and #11 for #4

LA can draft Vadeeva at #4 and eases some cap by trading Lavender and Chicago still get the player they want at #3 and gets a large, experienced post who can play PF or C and pair well with Dolson, maybe? If I'm LA I try to keep #11 if I'm Chicago I try and get it thrown in. Is this a trade Chicago fans or LA fans would like? Is Vadeeva worth it?


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Should Chicago trade a lottery pick for Lavender? Nope!



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So I still like Vadeeva in LA and could see Agler liking her. Vadeeva is currently playing with N. Ogwumike in Russia.

I basically came up with this after seeing Vadeeva at #4 in the above mock as well as at #2 on someone's mock. (TBH I though she was a safe bet at #11 or #12.)

If Vadeeva was willing to come over and it was a risk someone would draft her before #11 would a trade with Chicago work.

Lavender or Lavender and #11 for #4

LA can draft Vadeeva at #4 and eases some cap by trading Lavender and Chicago still get the player they want at #3 and gets a large, experienced post who can play PF or C and pair well with Dolson, maybe? If I'm LA I try to keep #11 if I'm Chicago I try and get it thrown in. Is this a trade Chicago fans or LA fans would like? Is Vadeeva worth it?


I could see Agler liking her too. And then giving her meaningful minutes in about 2026.



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No no luuc you mean 2028 after shes been waived and resigned twice for overseas flavor!



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Wonder if whoever takes Vadeeva tries to grab Musina later on as well. It'd be a slight extra risk not giving the fan base any American rookie to latch onto at all, and potentially not getting any immediate returns from the class, but bringing them over as a pair could work out well for everybody.



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So, is Ariel Atkins being overlooked?

Looking at the non-lottery 2/3s in the AP's Coaches and GM first round, should Lexie Brown, Gabby Williams, Jordin Canada, Kia Nurse and Victoria Vivians all be in the first round but not Atkins?

I think if I added Atkins to that pool, right now (and not just based on last night) I would take Atkins at least third or fourth out of that group of six.


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If Anyone wants to see a prime example of why Gabby cannot play post in the W, see Tonight's game vs Texas.

Gabby In a Pick & Roll on offense as the ball handler also was a Shocked and did not last long. Her effort is undeniable though but she will NOT be the next Tamika Catchings in no way or form.


I had been calling Gabby the female version of Kawhi Leonard, but if she is truly an undersized post at the next level, with her passing ability and bit of nasty she plays with Draymond Green might be a better comparison. I still think she could have success playing with Stefanie Dolson and Jessica Breland, tow players who can stretch the floor at the 4 and 5 spot.

She had some good moments vs White, and Holmes, and she had super Human moments last year vs Turner from ND, all should be future pros, unless Big T is coming out early, I think Williams is the 2nd best post in the draft behind Wilson if you want to label her a post.
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So, is Ariel Atkins being overlooked?

Looking at the non-lottery 2/3s in the AP's Coaches and GM first round, should Lexie Brown, Gabby Williams, Jordin Canada, Kia Nurse and Victoria Vivians all be in the first round but not Atkins?

I think if I added Atkins to that pool, right now (and not just based on last night) I would take Atkins at least third or fourth out of that group of six.


I'm not overlooking Atkins, but I'm a longtime STH and have had the advantage of watching her a lot throughout her career at Texas. Excluding Canada, because she's strictly a PG, any one the remaining four players noted might fit better on a particular team, depending upon that team's make up/need, as each of the four players differ enough in distinction.


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Wonder if whoever takes Vadeeva tries to grab Musina later on as well. It'd be a slight extra risk not giving the fan base any American rookie to latch onto at all, and potentially not getting any immediate returns from the class, but bringing them over as a pair could work out well for everybody.


I've thinking the exact same thing. Musina seems better with the English, and maybe as a pair the WNBA experience wouldn't be as intimidating.



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In all fairness to Gabby Williams shooting range, she is not permitted by Geno to shoot 3's. Proscribed, not allowed, barred, forbidden, nada etc...


She made one in the preseason...




She and Nurse shooting 100% from 3!!! Laughing


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So, is Ariel Atkins being overlooked?

Looking at the non-lottery 2/3s in the AP's Coaches and GM first round, should Lexie Brown, Gabby Williams, Jordin Canada, Kia Nurse and Victoria Vivians all be in the first round but not Atkins?

I think if I added Atkins to that pool, right now (and not just based on last night) I would take Atkins at least third or fourth out of that group of six.


I'm not overlooking Atkins, but I'm a longtime STH and have had the advantage of watching her a lot throughout her career at Texas. Excluding Canada, because she's strictly a PG, any one the remaining four players noted might fit better on a particular team, depending upon that team's make up/need, as each of the four players differ enough in distinction.


She seems to be playing better and more consistently this year, rather than just showing inconsistent flashes of talent as in the past. I think she's a pure guard, and is too short to play the 3, but I could see her playing a role like Gray does for Dallas. She may have fewer shortcomings than any of the others, except perhaps Vivians. I don't think picking her in the first 8 or 10 would be a reach at all.


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Wonder if whoever takes Vadeeva tries to grab Musina later on as well. It'd be a slight extra risk not giving the fan base any American rookie to latch onto at all, and potentially not getting any immediate returns from the class, but bringing them over as a pair could work out well for everybody.


Where do we think Musina would get drafted? Her club situation makes it a little tricky to properly evaluate her. Phoenix should try this if Vadeeva's available. Assuming that Olaf stays as Russia coach and he's just leaving his club job, it's about time we had some Olaf-Sandy collusion. Do we expect a giant contingent of Aussies at the Mercy this year?

The international prospect who has had a good start to 2018 is Alexia Chartereau and it will be interesting to see playing time distribution once Hamblin is playing for Bourges. Would anyone take the over on 4.5 internationals drafted?
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Would anyone take the over on 4.5 internationals drafted?

Vadeeva, Park, Musina, Chartereau and a random Aussie (or left-field Euro) certainly seems possible. But we've also often seen foreign players that seemed thorougly draftable float through unmentioned. Once you hit the third round, virtually anything's possible.

I hadn't realised that Russia had resorted to Lange as their head coach. Kinda amusing that they gave him the spot in the year when UMMC started the season in a bit of a mess and losing more games than they've come to expect. And a weird situation where he'll have to use players for the national team that only grudgingly get minutes at UMMC when the rules force him to play them (or they're up by 40).

Keep forgetting that Russia have continued being so inept that I won't even get to watch Vadeeva, Musina et al in Tenerife in September...



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Wonder if whoever takes Vadeeva tries to grab Musina later on as well. It'd be a slight extra risk not giving the fan base any American rookie to latch onto at all, and potentially not getting any immediate returns from the class, but bringing them over as a pair could work out well for everybody.


Where do we think Musina would get drafted? Her club situation makes it a little tricky to properly evaluate her. Phoenix should try this if Vadeeva's available. Assuming that Olaf stays as Russia coach and he's just leaving his club job, it's about time we had some Olaf-Sandy collusion. Do we expect a giant contingent of Aussies at the Mercy this year?

The international prospect who has had a good start to 2018 is Alexia Chartereau and it will be interesting to see playing time distribution once Hamblin is playing for Bourges. Would anyone take the over on 4.5 internationals drafted?


I wouldn't bet on it. Ezi Megbor is a W lock whenever she becomes eligible. That i will bet my house on for sure!



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So, is Ariel Atkins being overlooked?

Looking at the non-lottery 2/3s in the AP's Coaches and GM first round, should Lexie Brown, Gabby Williams, Jordin Canada, Kia Nurse and Victoria Vivians all be in the first round but not Atkins?

I think if I added Atkins to that pool, right now (and not just based on last night) I would take Atkins at least third or fourth out of that group of six.


I'm not overlooking Atkins, but I'm a longtime STH and have had the advantage of watching her a lot throughout her career at Texas. Excluding Canada, because she's strictly a PG, any one the remaining four players noted might fit better on a particular team, depending upon that team's make up/need, as each of the four players differ enough in distinction.


She seems to be playing better and more consistently this year, rather than just showing inconsistent flashes of talent as in the past. I think she's a pure guard, and is too short to play the 3, but I could see her playing a role like Gray does for Dallas. She may have fewer shortcomings than any of the others, except perhaps Vivians. I don't think picking her in the first 8 or 10 would be a reach at all.


Agree, I believe she's more of a 2 guard and she is slightly less in height than the stated 5'11"". Hard worker, disciplined, left handed, good defender, athletic, fast, intelligent, very coachable, unselfish, and is non problematic. My guess too would be early second round or end of first, depending upon the multitude of factors present and evident this year.


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So is there any indication at all that Vadeeva is interested in a long-term commitment to the WNBA? Has she or her agent said anything about coming to the U.S. this year, or for several years? Is there any indication she would play for a WNBA team even if the Russian team were more successful and demanded her presence?



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So is there any indication at all that Vadeeva is interested in a long-term commitment to the WNBA? Has she or her agent said anything about coming to the U.S. this year, or for several years? Is there any indication she would play for a WNBA team even if the Russian team were more successful and demanded her presence?


I can see a lot reasons why she wouldn't want to come over. Like a lot American players who play in or for Russia she would be arriving to camp late, likwly have to take off during the season and I presume take a huge pay cut to come to the WNBA. Add on top of that losing the off-season for rest and living life along with the greater chance of injury. I suppose if she were convinced it would help her game she might, but that's the only reason I can see.



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So is there any indication at all that Vadeeva is interested in a long-term commitment to the WNBA? Has she or her agent said anything about coming to the U.S. this year, or for several years? Is there any indication she would play for a WNBA team even if the Russian team were more successful and demanded her presence?

Not publically. But bear in mind that teams/coaches/GMs wouldn't be considering her anywhere close to the lottery unless they had some indication that she was going to come and play (likely pretty much immediately - maybe 2019 at the latest). She's good, and she's young, but we're not talking the Russian Brittney Griner in a game-changing kind of way. So the basic fact that teams are talking about her potentially going that high, suggests that things have been communicated. At least a little.



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Not pubically.


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Not pubically.


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Would anyone take the over on 4.5 internationals drafted?

Vadeeva, Park, Musina, Chartereau and a random Aussie (or left-field Euro) certainly seems possible. But we've also often seen foreign players that seemed thorougly draftable float through unmentioned. Once you hit the third round, virtually anything's possible.

I hadn't realised that Russia had resorted to Lange as their head coach. Kinda amusing that they gave him the spot in the year when UMMC started the season in a bit of a mess and losing more games than they've come to expect. And a weird situation where he'll have to use players for the national team that only grudgingly get minutes at UMMC when the rules force him to play them (or they're up by 40).

Keep forgetting that Russia have continued being so inept that I won't even get to watch Vadeeva, Musina et al in Tenerife in September...


Well, their ineptitude kind of makes this summer the best year for both of them to come over. Turning down the WNBA to play in the European U20 Championship would be interesting. It will still be a test for them to play in the summer of 2020 though.

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I wouldn't bet on it. Ezi Megbor is a W lock whenever she becomes eligible. That i will bet my house on for sure!


Magbegor still has a tough decision about whether to stay as an international or to come here and switch classifications, which would push her back at least two drafts. 2019 is also shaping up to be a year where we could have a bumper crop of international draftees (although still not one where we would expect a bunch to come over). Early names besides Magbegor include Conti, Brcaninovic, Pouye, and Li.
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Nurse has really won me over.Kia's three point accuracy has really improved her chances of being a legit WNBA rotation player.She's not the biggest shooting guard.But I can run off a long list of SG's that are smaller.The way things are playing out,Kia could end up having a better WNBA career than Gabby.


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