Q: How was your experience at the WNBA's Pre-Draft Camp?
Shareka Wright: "Pre-Draft camp was great. It was fast-paced and we really did a lot in a short period of time."
Chandi Jones: "It was a great opportunity for us to come out and show off our skills and do what we need to do in front of the coaches and GMs. It was really busy."
Q: Were there any skills that you were looking to highlight for people who might not have gotten a chance to see you play as much?
Wright: "I don’t think it was about showing skills or anything like that. They just wanted to see us play at a different level. They’ve seen us play with our college teams, but now they want to see how we do against the best and how we react to different situations."
Jones: "I think I need to do more to improve defensively as far as playing off of the ball and doing a better job at rebounding. I think a lot of it will be just watching film by myself and working hard and doing what it takes to get it done."
Q: Are there any skills you feel you need to improve at the next level?
Chandi Jones takes a breather at Pre-Draft Camp.
"The speed will definitely be an adjustment and being in a whole new environment, I'll have to do things on my own. No one is going to ask me to do extra shooting. At the professional level, I’ve heard that you are on your own in terms of getting on yourself and working hard to improve. You have to be responsible and be at certain places at the necessary times. You are your own person and you have to be motivated and dedicated to yourself and the team."
"Probably my all-around game, playing for the entire game and not just excelling in spurts. I want to work on my ball-handling, burying my jumpshots and just getting quicker because we are playing against players that have been here – the veterans are quick and very smart."
Q: Are there any current WNBA players you look up to a particular aspect of someone's game that you emulate?
Wright: "I think Tamika Catchings’ game is something that I’d like to model my own after. She plays a complete game. She gives it all that she has and that speaks volumes about her. She is definitely someone that has a lot of talent and you can see how much success she has had with that."
Jones: "Growing up in Texas, I have always admired the play of Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson. I like their intensity on the floor and how they work hard on both ends of the court."
Q: Do you have any preference which WNBA team you end up with this season?
Jones: "I wouldn’t mind staying in Houston because it’s home for me, but it really doesn’t matter where I go. For me, it’s just an honor to be here."
Q: You have seen each other play a lot now. What are some things the other does well on the court?
Wright: “You know she is going to put up a lot of points against you. She is very quick and has a quick release.”
Jones: “She is very hard to stop. It seems like she is always scoring or going to the free throw line. She lives off of that. She is a great rebounder, defender and scorer.”
Q: Which of your fellow prospects do you think may take some people by surprise?
Shereka Wright could be a first round pick.
“I think Sara Nord (Lousiville) is a great point guard that not a lot of people know about because of our conference and the year that they had this year. But she has a great all-around game and that’s not something you can always find in a point guard."
“My teammate, Erika Valek. She is one of the most underrated point guards. If there is a team that needs a point guard that can make an immediate impact, she is a great fit. She has a great medium-range jumper and she is very vocal, which is important as a leader in the point guard position.”
Q: Are you excited about the draft?
Wright: “I’m just trying to get school out of the way, which is a big thing, before heading out to training camp, but I am definitely looking forward to it and it is definitely going to be an exciting day, but also nervous at the same time because you’re watching waiting to see your face flash up on the screen. Yeah, definitely nerve-wracking. I probably won’t sleep the night before.”
Jones: “I am excited and nervous at the same time. I am just ready to get it over with to find out where I’m going to be playing and focus on how I can come in and help that team."
Q: Chandi, you have been playing for your dad for years now- in high school and then at Houston. What's it going to be like without him in the WNBA?
Jones:“It’s definitely going to be different not having him there all the time, and I’m going to miss him a lot. We have a great relationship. But there comes a time in everyone’s life when it’s time to move on and not necessarily grow up, but experience life on your own.”