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PostPosted: 10/01/18 5:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Yes but if Magbegor went #8 to PX she would be playing with DT, Griner and Bonner. All she would have to do is rebound and defend the PF and take advatage of her opportunities on offense while the others are being doubled team. It is a great situation for her to both contribute right away and develop without being under a lot of pressure playing for the WNBA coach who knows her game the best. Unless she goes earlier PX should just grab her at #8 and team her with Griner for the next 5 years.


Plus Brondello would get to have her under her wing for an extra 4 months out of the year.

What kind of message would it send if she didn’t draft Magbegor?
“Sorry, I don’t really believe in you that much. There was an American I felt was better.” Hard to see that happening.

I wonder if Brondello will target Magbegor at #8 and Alanna Smith at #32, or will that be too much Aussie?



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If Magbegor is a draft bust Brondello may be accused of conflict of interest, by at least a few disgruntled fans. But maybe Merc fans like being the WNBA affiliate of the Opals.


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If Magbegor is a draft bust Brondello may be accused of conflict of interest, by at least a few disgruntled fans. But maybe Merc fans like being the WNBA affiliate of the Opals.


Though I don't find that to be any different than drafting a draft bust who is from America or the American college ranks.


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Magbegor didn't even get off the bench against Spain even though she's much better than Bunton from what I saw. Was Brondello protecting her, hiding her or did Sandy just not trust the 19-year-old?

I think it equal parts experience factor, and that they are completely different types of players. Bunton is a much more natural backup for Liz. Ezi at the moment is effectively a PF who can't shoot. She's pretty athletic, and ... that is all.



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root_thing wrote:
Magbegor didn't even get off the bench against Spain even though she's much better than Bunton from what I saw. Was Brondello protecting her, hiding her or did Sandy just not trust the 19-year-old?

I think it equal parts experience factor, and that they are completely different types of players. Bunton is a much more natural backup for Liz. Ezi at the moment is effectively a PF who can't shoot. She's pretty athletic, and ... that is all.


I think if someone could draft her and convince her to wait a couple of years before showing up, that would be to the advantage of both her and the team drafting her. Right now, she would be like a 12th person sitting on the bench which would ultimately be pretty frustrating for her, and not sure it would help her development.



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I wonder if Brondello will target Magbegor at #8 and Alanna Smith at #32, or will that be too much Aussie?


as they were in these games, Smith looked like the better player.



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Randy wrote:
If Magbegor is a draft bust Brondello may be accused of conflict of interest, by at least a few disgruntled fans. But maybe Merc fans like being the WNBA affiliate of the Opals.


Though I don't find that to be any different than drafting a draft bust who is from America or the American college ranks.


The difference is that the question could be asked - who was this draft pick supposed to help the Mercury or the Opals? Draft an American from any US school and no such question arises.


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SpaceJunkie wrote:
Randy wrote:
If Magbegor is a draft bust Brondello may be accused of conflict of interest, by at least a few disgruntled fans. But maybe Merc fans like being the WNBA affiliate of the Opals.


Though I don't find that to be any different than drafting a draft bust who is from America or the American college ranks.


The difference is that the question could be asked - who was this draft pick supposed to help the Mercury or the Opals? Draft an American from any US school and no such question arises.


It’s early but I doubt concerns from a few fans would be a factor in GM decisions. If that were the case, Howard would still be with the Lynx and maybe that fifth trophy would be in the case.

Anyway, one PHX fan has already showed hearty approval of Magbegor, while another has shown half-hearted approval. I don’t think scandal will be a problem unless there’s an obviously better choice available at #8 in April. At this point, I’m not sure who would be a better choice.

The third round pick of Talbot turned out more than okay for PHX. So if Brondello has enough faith in Magbegor to pick her in the first round, what’s the argument again to not pick Aussie players?

I do think Cunningham and Taurasi are somewhat cut from the same cloth, so that could be an interesting combination. But PF seems to their weakness right now.



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PostPosted: 10/01/18 10:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Never did one post lottery
also going to break my rule and include Ionescu because one more high profile college season combined with team USA experience and being as old if not older than most seniors might tempt her to move to the next level.

1. LV Brown
2. NY Ionescu
3. Indy McCowan
4. Chi Collier
5. Dallas Durr
6. Minn KLS
7. LA Ogunbowale
8. PX Magbegor
9. Conn Turner
10. Was Cunningham
11. Atl Anigwe
12. Sea Sheppard

13. PX Mabrey
14. NY Jennings
15. Chi Kea
16. Minn Gustafason
17. Dallas Robinson
18. Minn Bell
19. LA Mar. Moore
20. Minn Howard
21. Atl Martin
22. Dallas Higgs
23. Conn Laska
24. Sea Carzola

25. Indy Calhoun
26. NY Han Xu
27. Chi Blockton
28. Indy Thome
29. Dallas White
30. Minn Li Yueru
31. LA Caldwell
32. PX Smith
33. Conn Christinaki
34. Was Fuerhing
35. Atl Dillard
36. Sea Morris


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PostPosted: 10/01/18 11:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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If Magbegor is a draft bust Brondello may be accused of conflict of interest, by at least a few disgruntled fans. But maybe Merc fans like being the WNBA affiliate of the Opals.


I've always wondered what would happen if there was a completely ironclad case of a Brondello conflict of interest (or back in the day if there was a one with Chatman). Would the league have investigated if it was not Taurasi who was paid to not play by Ekaterinburg, but instead Bird or Parker?

The good thing on the international side is that we should see significantly more of these players this season. So far only Li and to a lesser extent Conti and to an even lesser extent Pouye have played a lot at a reputable club level (and Gereben if you consider her a legitimate prospect). Magbegor should get a lot more playing time this season, Han will be playing in the pro league, and Brcaninovic will be playing at a higher level.
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23. Conn Laska


The only Laska in the history of WCBB was Shaina Laska of Bethany Lutheran, and she hasn't played since 2014. Are you ever going to call Laksa by her real name or is the constant misspelling now an intentional act of defiance? Razz

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root_thing wrote:
J-Spoon wrote:

23. Conn Laska


The only Laska in the history of WCBB was Shaina Laska of Bethany Lutheran, and she hasn't played since 2014. Are you ever going to call Laksa by her real name or is the constant misspelling now an intentional act of defiance? Razz

BTW, who is Caldwell?


I have this problem once I get a name wrong it sticks even when I try to correct it I sometimes double correct and make the same mistake best example Kahleah "Cooper" Copper. Another good example Shavonte "Zealous" Zellous.

Recee Caldwell grad transfer for Cal from Texas Tech.


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Shades wrote:


I wonder if Brondello will target Magbegor at #8 and Alanna Smith at #32, or will that be too much Aussie?


as they were in these games, Smith looked like the better player.

Smith has looked a very handy international player the whole time she has been with the Opals. Based only on what I've seen of her in that context over the past year or so (as I haven't seen her play college ball) I've been a little surprised that no one seems to rate her as a WNBA chance.



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J-Spoon wrote:
root_thing wrote:
J-Spoon wrote:

23. Conn Laska


The only Laska in the history of WCBB was Shaina Laska of Bethany Lutheran, and she hasn't played since 2014. Are you ever going to call Laksa by her real name or is the constant misspelling now an intentional act of defiance? Razz

BTW, who is Caldwell?


I have this problem once I get a name wrong it sticks even when I try to correct it I sometimes double correct and make the same mistake best example Kahleah "Cooper" Copper. Another good example Shavonte "Zealous" Zellous.

Recee Caldwell grad transfer for Cal from Texas Tech.


Well, I think groot_thing was being a little over-zellous about spelling. Razz


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PostPosted: 10/02/18 8:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
myrtle wrote:
Shades wrote:


I wonder if Brondello will target Magbegor at #8 and Alanna Smith at #32, or will that be too much Aussie?


as they were in these games, Smith looked like the better player.

Smith has looked a very handy international player the whole time she has been with the Opals. Based only on what I've seen of her in that context over the past year or so (as I haven't seen her play college ball) I've been a little surprised that no one seems to rate her as a WNBA chance.


This is what I said about Smith on the FIBA thread:

root_thing wrote:
Alanna Smith is a very interesting player. She has pretty good mobility and athleticism for someone 6-4. Alanna looks like a star at times -- scoring inside, shooting 3s, blocking shots -- but she gets into foul trouble and is a bit up and down. Smith is on the cusp of being a serious prospect, but we need to see Alanna improve her consistency this year.

http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=93697&start=42

We saw a bit of that inconsistency in this tournament. Smith was very good in the finals against the USA, but she had 0 points and 1 rebound in the semifinal against Spain. Alanna will get drafted, but to move up the draft board she has to be effective every game. She can do enough things so that it doesn't have to be reflected in points. On a bad shooting day, she can still rebound and defend.



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PostPosted: 10/02/18 9:40 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

A general question: How much does performance in the World Cup/Olympics translate to performance in the WNBA?

In other words, what does doing well against that level and style of competition tell us about a player's chances of impacting the WNBA in the short run? The long run?

Obviously, great players will do well at any level, but as the saying goes, styles make fights, and some good players will look a lot better in one situation than they do in another.

I'm not making a case here, just curious about people's thoughts ...



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I don't take the World Cup/Olympics game performances that seriously when judging WNBA ability for the following reasons.

1) A lot of the teams don't spend much time together, so the chemistry is bad.

2) You have an unusually compressed schedule -- 6 or 7 games in 9 days for the tournament just ended. Performances can be affected by depth, which the player has no control over.

3) Small sample size. A lot of the Belgian players looked great. However, if you dig into the history of players like Kim Mestdagh and Allemand, they are solid players but not necessarily stars in their overseas pro leagues. So, are they playing over their heads or is this the new, improved version of them?

4) Uneven competition. Just look at weak teams like Puerto Rico and Argentina. The majority of their players wouldn't even be a blip on the radar screen of a WNBA team. So, if a player puts up big numbers against these teams, how impressed should you be?

Mostly, I look at athletic ability and intangibles. Does the player have a pro body? Is she mobile? Does she move fluidly? Does the person play with energy? Does she display a high basketball IQ? What is her demeanor? Obviously, it helps if players can put up numbers, but their statistics outside of the tournament are probably more reliable. So again, you look at things that should carry over regardless of situation-- like shooting form, defensive effort, and fundamentals such as boxing out.



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PostPosted: 10/02/18 10:56 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Magbegor should get a lot more playing time this season, Han will be playing in the pro league


What American will Han be playing with?



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Luuuc wrote:
myrtle wrote:
Shades wrote:


I wonder if Brondello will target Magbegor at #8 and Alanna Smith at #32, or will that be too much Aussie?


as they were in these games, Smith looked like the better player.

Smith has looked a very handy international player the whole time she has been with the Opals. Based only on what I've seen of her in that context over the past year or so (as I haven't seen her play college ball) I've been a little surprised that no one seems to rate her as a WNBA chance.


I’ll have to look up what level of All American she has reached at Stanford.



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FWIW, Smith was on the 15 member all PAC 12 team last season, her first time. She was Pac 12 POW one time.

https://pac-12.com/article/2018/02/26/2017-18-pac-12-womens-basketball-all-conference-teams-announced



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root_thing wrote:
I don't take the World Cup/Olympics game performances that seriously when judging WNBA ability for the following reasons.

1) A lot of the teams don't spend much time together, so the chemistry is bad.

2) You have an unusually compressed schedule -- 6 or 7 games in 9 days for the tournament just ended. Performances can be affected by depth, which the player has no control over.

3) Small sample size. A lot of the Belgian players looked great. However, if you dig into the history of players like Kim Mestdagh and Allemand, they are solid players but not necessarily stars in their overseas pro leagues. So, are they playing over their heads or is this the new, improved version of them?

4) Uneven competition. Just look at weak teams like Puerto Rico and Argentina. The majority of their players wouldn't even be a blip on the radar screen of a WNBA team. So, if a player puts up big numbers against these teams, how impressed should you be?

Mostly, I look at athletic ability and intangibles. Does the player have a pro body? Is she mobile? Does she move fluidly? Does the person play with energy? Does she display a high basketball IQ? What is her demeanor? Obviously, it helps if players can put up numbers, but their statistics outside of the tournament are probably more reliable. So again, you look at things that should carry over regardless of situation-- like shooting form, defensive effort, and fundamentals such as boxing out.


I like your thinking Root, IQ and fundamentals some of these draftees don't even have them and some peeps think they will make an impact.


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With the exception of Durr, would you mind posting the first names of the other three picks you have for Dallas so I can checkout videos on them?


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[quote="Luuuc"]
root_thing wrote:
Ezi at the moment is effectively a PF who can't shoot. She's pretty athletic, and ... that is all.



Unlike A'ja who can shoot very well and is WAY more athletic than Ezi.

A'ja was Tournament MVP, headlined the Tournament All Star Five, &

lead her team to a FIBA World Title in 2015. When did Ezi do?

Alanna Smith made the all-star five for Australia.

Here is a question: Which of the three is the best player TODAY? A'ja
Wilson, Maria Vadeeva, or Alanna Smith?

Which player has done more in the WNBA so far?




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stever wrote:
FWIW, Smith was on the 15 member all PAC 12 team last season, her first time. She was Pac 12 POW one time.

https://pac-12.com/article/2018/02/26/2017-18-pac-12-womens-basketball-all-conference-teams-announced


Is he as good as Sabrina Ionescu? Same conference.


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>Here is a question: Which of the three is the best player TODAY? A'ja
Wilson, Maria Vadeeva, or Alanna Smith? Which player has done more in the WNBA so far?

Easy answer, of course, especially as Smith is still in college.

Don't quite get the point, though -- who's saying Vadeeva or Smith is better than Wilson?



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DFWub2018 wrote:
With the exception of Durr, would you mind posting the first names of the other three picks you have for Dallas so I can checkout videos on them?


Guessing

Caliya Robinson From University of Georgia and Jatarie White from Texas.

Robinson is pretty good I think she could slip into the 1st round.
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ClayK wrote:
>Here is a question: Which of the three is the best player TODAY? A'ja Wilson, Maria Vadeeva, or Alanna Smith? Which player has done more in the WNBA so far?

Easy answer, of course, especially as Smith is still in college.

Don't quite get the point, though -- who's saying Vadeeva or Vadeeva or Smith is better than Wilson?


https://www.bluestarmedia.org/europeans-mocking-the-wnba-2018-draft-as-it-underlines-the-lack-of-global-game-view-stateside/

They all played in the 2015 FIBA U19 Girls Tournament. Vadeeva & Wilson

entered the WNBA in the 2018 season. Smith & Wilson played for their

respective national teams in the 2018 Women's World Cup of Basketball.

One point is; from July 2015 to Sept 2018, which player is ahead devel-

opmentally, Smith, Vadeeva, or Wilson? By the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,

who will be the better player, Alanna Smith or A'ja Wilson? I left out

Vadeeva & Russia because I do not see Russia qualifying for the 2020

Tokyo Olympics in Basketball.


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Talk about Dead Wrong in Public ...

To be fair, Vadeeva could still develop into a pretty good player, though at this point she'd have to go a long way to pass Wilson.



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ClayK wrote:
Talk about Dead Wrong in Public ...

To be fair, Vadeeva could still develop into a pretty good player, though at this point she'd have to go a long way to pass Wilson.


IN Paul Nilsen's eyes: To be fair, Wilson could still develop into a pretty
good player, though at this point she'd have to go a long way to pass Vadeeva.


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Ok, thanks!!![/quote]


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Shades wrote:
awhom111 wrote:
Magbegor should get a lot more playing time this season, Han will be playing in the pro league


What American will Han be playing with?


Natasha Howard apparently. Guess we'll have to rule out Minnesota as an option for her.
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#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
DFWub2018 wrote:
With the exception of Durr, would you mind posting the first names of the other three picks you have for Dallas so I can checkout videos on them?


Guessing

Caliya Robinson From University of Georgia and Jatarie White from Texas.

Robinson is pretty good I think she could slip into the 1st round.


Yes and also Lashann Higgs from Texas who might be a nice back PG to Diggins-Smith.

But please don't take my mocks too seriously I change my mind a lot and do way too much local connections after the 1st round.

but Dallas would look pretty nice with this draft

Diggins-Smith/Higgs
Durr/A. Gray/Hill
Stevens/Thorton
GloJo/Robinson
Cambage(fingers crossed)/Plaisance/White

And you still have Davis incase Cambage or GloJo moves on you can slide Thorton and or Stevens up a slot to the PF spot and add in Davis or Christmas if she resigns. You could also start Gray at the SF spot if you want to go with more traditional size on the perimeter.


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Ok....I'm about to check them out now!!!


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What's your opinion on them giving Maggie Lucas a one year contract to see how she fits in with the squad, instead of two or three games?


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What's your opinion on them giving Maggie Lucas a one year contract to see how she fits in with the squad, instead of two or three games?


I say give her a non-guaranteed contract (no way she should get a guaranteed one) and then who cares how long it ....


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I agree....


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Looking for Smith to be more consistent this year as she can be very involved then disappear. Sometimes she gets in foul trouble when she doesn't follow the court.


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DFWub2018 wrote:
What's your opinion on them giving Maggie Lucas a one year contract to see how she fits in with the squad, instead of two or three games?


I say give her a non-guaranteed contract (no way she should get a guaranteed one) and then who cares how long it ....


I forgot about Lucas. I like her. She should definitely be given a shot to win an end of roster spot.

Her ability to shoo the 3 is her WNBA level skill to keep her in the conversation. I think she needs to expand her handle to a point where she is a legit back up PG if she is going to continue to stay in the league beyond her rookie scale contract.


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I hope it works out for her in some capacity because I think she is a good fit for this team, and I like how the pace picks up a bit with the little playing time she was able to get.


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For someone who does very little else, you'd like to see a better career 3pt shooting percentage than .316. Jordan Hooper's is .346 and at least she takes up more room. Lucas might get a training camp invite but hard to see any more than that.



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For someone who does very little else, you'd like to see a better career 3pt shooting percentage than .316. Jordan Hooper's is .346 and at least she takes up more room. Lucas might get a training camp invite but hard to see any more than that.


Exactly. For someone who is supposed to be a shooter, she doesn't shoot well.


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Richyyy wrote:
For someone who does very little else, you'd like to see a better career 3pt shooting percentage than .316. Jordan Hooper's is .346 and at least she takes up more room. Lucas might get a training camp invite but hard to see any more than that.



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Kelly Graves talking about the possibility of Ionescu going pro: https://www.ducksports.com/sports/20181001/pac-12-champion-oregon-ducks-womens-basketball-team-returns-to-practice


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Kelly Graves talking about the possibility of Ionescu going pro: https://www.ducksports.com/sports/20181001/pac-12-champion-oregon-ducks-womens-basketball-team-returns-to-practice

Um, where? I don't see anything in the article about the possibility of Ionescu entering the draft.



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Richyyy wrote:
myrtle wrote:
Kelly Graves talking about the possibility of Ionescu going pro: https://www.ducksports.com/sports/20181001/pac-12-champion-oregon-ducks-womens-basketball-team-returns-to-practice

Um, where? I don't see anything in the article about the possibility of Ionescu entering the draft.



And based on Ionescu's Team USA camp exit, she needs more develop-
ment time. She stated that there was a significant increase in the speed
of play and the physicality between college and national team play. Kel-
sey Plum is the ALL time NCAA Div 1 scoring champion, had a much
better season two in the WNBA, and yet, in the 2018 FIBA Women's
World Cup she looked slightly above the 5th guard option on the USA
bench.




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He’s definitely done his research on the topic. Even knows what a top rookie makes. He claims overseas money is drying up unless you’re tall and a top player. He sounds like a pretty smooth talker who will easily be able to persuade Ionescu into staying even if she was thinking of leaving early.



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myrtle wrote:
Kelly Graves talking about the possibility of Ionescu going pro: https://www.ducksports.com/sports/20181001/pac-12-champion-oregon-ducks-womens-basketball-team-returns-to-practice

Um, where? I don't see anything in the article about the possibility of Ionescu entering the draft.


I didn't look at the exact number but it's somewhere around 5 minutes into the podcast.



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myrtle wrote:
Richyyy wrote:
myrtle wrote:
Kelly Graves talking about the possibility of Ionescu going pro: https://www.ducksports.com/sports/20181001/pac-12-champion-oregon-ducks-womens-basketball-team-returns-to-practice

Um, where? I don't see anything in the article about the possibility of Ionescu entering the draft.


I didn't look at the exact number but it's somewhere around 5 minutes into the podcast.


Closer to the 6:30 mark. Graves doesn't really say much -- they haven't gotten around to having the conversation about Ionescu turning pro. He will sit down with Sabrina and her parents at some point, and he'll support whatever they decide. In his opinion, money should not be the reason she leaves because the WNBA doesn't pay much and overseas opportunities are drying up for anyone other than big centers. At least that's how he sees things. It wouldn't surprise me if opportunities are fewer these days because of economic conditions overseas, but I doubt the impact is based on position. I'm sure if people view you as the future Taurasi or Bird, that player will still be in demand.

I'll say this for him, Graves has a great voice for broadcasting should he ever be interested.



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I've known Kelly Graves a long time, and his record echoes my impression: He's really good at what he does.

That said, I've known Sabrina for a long time too, and she's not the kind of person anyone is going to "convince" to do something that she doesn't see as in her best interests.

Now, what her "best interests" are is open to debate. She can stay at Oregon, set all kinds of records (presumably) and enjoy school for another year. Or, despite what Graves said, she can make at least $125,000 or maybe more playing professional basketball.

My understanding is that she'll be close to graduating at the end of this school year, so getting the degree is probably not a major factor in the decision.

It will be interesting in Eugene ...



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Could be interesting for Lindsay Kagawa Colas.

Most obvious potential star client to chase in this class: Sabrina Ionescu
Team she'd go to at #1, which obviously you'd want for her: Las Vegas
Player who's already starting at the point for Vegas, as you demanded: Kelsey Plum

Of course, if her value is now significantly higher than Jefferson's, they could always trade Plum instead and keep MoJeff as the backup/sidekick to Ionescu. That might solve things for LKC.



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