Listen up, seniors, because school isn't over for you just yet. While you may
be getting that spring fever and thinking about your post-graduation plans, there
are still a few lessons that you need to be taught. So sharpen those pencils,
get the notebooks out and take good notes because there will be a test at the
end of the semester.
Even though top WNBA prospects are nearly through
with college, their educations will continue well into the WNBA. From veterans
to recent grads, some of the WNBA's current players already making names for themselves
in the league don their professor caps and shed some light on what the incoming
rookies can expect.
Sutton-Brown, Charlotte Sting
| The education and
the schooling continues for Lindsay Whalen.|
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"The biggest thing I learned is just
how physical the play is. It's rough in college, but it's VERY rough in the WNBA.
I play in the post, so it can be tough. One night it's Lisa
, the next night it's Yolanda
, then it's Natalie
. It's not easy and I don't think people realize how physical it is."
Riley, Detroit Shock
"I think one thing you don't realize coming out
of college is that your new team is full of such diversity. There are people from
different areas of the country and the world, and from all different age groups.
In college, there is a close knit group of girls that you go to school with and
are roughly the same age. But as a rookie, there are veteran players who have
been playing for a long time and have so much more experience."
Whalen, Connecticut Sun
"I that learned everyone is tall, long and
fast. Everyone is a great player and you have to come ready and bring it every
Swin Cash, Detroit
Bird, Seattle Storm
"This is the best women's basketball league, or professional women's
sports league, in the world. We have some extraordinary women who represent all
that young women aspire to be. There are mothers, daughters, sisters and wives,
all of whom are role models. This league is the total package."
"At first I was a little nervous about going out
to the west coast. I didn't realize how much fun adapting to a new city would
be. Not only off the court, but on it as well. The fans are so passionate in this
league, its great to play in front of them every night."