USA national team coach Geno Auriemma talking about Jayne Appel’s presence at last week’s national team camp in Connecticut despite her ankle and foot injuries.
Quotes courtesy of USA Basketball.
On Jayne Appel coming out to practice, even though she’s injured, right after losing to UConn in the NCAA title game:
This is not for everybody. You just can’t be anybody and say, ‘I’m involved in USA Basketball.’ The people who are involved in USA Basketball have a tremendous love for the game and love for the program that USA Basketball runs. Jayne fits that category. She loves to play. She’s had great success for USA Basketball. She’s done a lot for us. She knows that because of the situation she’s in and the position she plays, she’s got a real chance to be a factor. I think she wants to be ready. When she’s ready to play, she wants to be ready instead of having to jump in and try to catch up. Maybe it’ll be sooner rather than later, but I’m looking forward to when that is. Obviously the stuff I like to run and the way I like to play, she fits in perfectly with that.
It’s unfortunate because both opportunities we’ve had to come together, she’s been injured. We haven’t had the chance to see her on the floor with these other players. Obviously I’m anxious to see it and I know Jayne is anxious to see it. Right now all we can say is that she is part of the program. I know at some point she’s going to want to be out there and we’re going to want to evaluate her. I know that time is coming, I don’t know when.
Is it frustrating to see that level of talent on the sidelines?:
You know what’s frustrating? Is knowing that that’s one of the positions where we really need a little more size, a little more depth. She’s very versatile. She may be the pure back to the basket post presence that we have available. Jayne’s even bigger than Tina. Tina’s the only physical presence we have in camp. It would be great to have someone like Jayne out there with us, and she would fit in great with our offense because she’s such a great passer. In time, hopefully before next September, I don’t know when that will be, we’ll get a chance to get her in here.
Is it weird that last week Jayne Appel was the enemy?:
Yeah (laughs). Everything has to change. Your mindset changes. What you should be doing at this time of the year changes. All of a sudden somebody that was trying to figure out how to beat you, you’re trying to beat them, now she’s asking me questions about how this works. You’re explaining to her about how this comes about. It’s a real big change and you have to be able to change gears quickly.