Who are we kidding? This is going to be all about Gonzaga PG Courtney Vandersloot and Georgia Tech wing Alex Montgomery with a little Storm news mixed in. The pair of Washingtonians represented the state well, getting selected third and 10th overall in the WNBA draft on Monday.
Here are some stories discussing the picks and links to articles regarding the Storm’s draft. I’ll have a full break down of each team this week. Enjoy!
— Sky coach Pokey Chatman tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Vandersloot is “the total package at the premier position. Many play the point. Courtney owns it. Her ability is not only being able to finish the break, but how she initiates it. She can be a deep, moving outlet, peek at the rim and still be in total control.”
— Chicago assistant coach Jeff House told the Tribune that, “a player like Courtney enhances every other position on the roster.”
— Tennessee three-point specialist Angie Bjorklund told the Spokesman Review she’s excited to play with Vandersloot. Bjorklund was the 17th overall pick in the second round, stating, “during the first round I had a test. I finished in time to get online for the second round. I was staring at the screen, anticipating. I was getting pretty anxious.”
— ESPN columnist Mechelle Voepel grabbed some video of Vandersloot speaking about the move to Chicago and playing with All-Star Sylvia Fowles. Duke guard Jasmine Thomas, the Storm’s first-round pick, is also included in the segment. Thomas is bringing her Yorkie to Seattle, too.
— Montgomery told The Olympian, “it’s an honor to be one of the top players selected in the WNBA draft.” She’s always wanted to play in New York.
— Voepel writes that the Liberty got what they wanted from the draft under first-year coach/GM John Whisenant. She includes notes about how all 12 teams fared.
— Thomas tells the Herald-Sun she’s “never been to Washington state. They have a great group of veterans that I can learn from.”
— Storm coach Brian Agler, who’s also director of player personnel, said it’s coincidence to have three Duke players on the training camp roster (last season there were three Connecticut players on the roster). North Carolina showed it’s basketball roots, getting a slew of players from UNC and Duke drafted on Monday.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Gonzaga PG Courtney Vandersloot at the 2011 WNBA Draft by The Associated Press