Seimone Augustus | Cappie Pondexter | Monique Currie | Sophia Young | Tamara James | Shona Thorburn | Tyeísha Fluker | Candice Dupree | LaíTangela Atkinson | Barbara Turner | Sherill Baker
Seimone Augustus, No. 1 selection (Minnesota Lynx)
Q: What was your day like today?
Augustus: It was crazy, Cappie and I were up at about 6:30 just trying to figure out what today was going to be like.
Q: Every league requires a different set of adjustments. What adjustments do you think youíll have to make for the WNBA?
Augustus: Coming from LSU, we run a motion offense, depending on what Minnesota runs Ė Iíll have to adjust and learn the plays and what they run.
Q: You have obviously been the star player since the time you stepped on campus at LSU Ė and now you will be on more of a team of stars, have you thought about making your rookie year a good transition from that standpoint?
Augustus: Yes, I can relate it back to my freshman year when you arenít the star player. You need to get into a comfort zone, need to learn your teammates, their personalities, see where you fit in Ė and mainly just find out what you can do and what you canít do and what is good for the team.
Q: Talk about where you were with the emotions, from the other night after the semifinal loss compared with today.
Augustus: After the semifinal loss, I mainly just went back to my room and read books to try to keep my mind off of what had just happened. Once we transferred hotels and I got with the WNBA staff, it was focusing on trying to be prepared for the draft, getting ready for my career and my future.
Q: Youíve spent your whole life in Louisiana. Can you talk about what it will be like to become a Northerner?
Augustus: Itís going to be different; itís going to be tough. But Iíve visited Minnesota before, hopefully itís not as cold Ė I know it will be chillier in than in Louisiana, but Iím sure plenty of people in that community will make it easier on me to leave Louisiana and come to Minnesota.
Cappie Pondexter, No. 2 selection (Phoenix Mercury)
Q: Can you talk about your experience at Rutgers and how that has prepared you for your next step?
Pondexter: Rutgers was great. It was challenging. We had good times and bad times, but overall I am satisfired with my career. And I think Coach Stringer definitely prepared me for the next level.
Q: Can you tell me what itís going to be like playing with Diana Taurasi?
Pondexter: I think itís going to be great. Iíve admired Taurasi for a long time, and just to have the opportunity to play with her, I think I will learn a lot and she can help me to be a great player as well.
Q: Seimone mentioned you guys got together this morning, can you tell us a little about what you guys talked about?
Pondexter: Seimone and I are really good friends. We talk all the time. We were just talking about expressing how we should feel today. We just have to enjoy the day because this experience will never come around again.
Monique Currie, No. 3 selection (Charlotte Sting)
Q: Can you describe the feeling now and in the last 24 hours?
Currie: There are definitely a lot of mixed emotions going on. I am still disappointed about last night. At the same time, I am extremely excited about going to Charlotte and making one of my ultimate dreams come true.
Q: Can you talk about staying in North Carolina, are you pleased with that?
Currie: Yea, I guess Iím familiar with the area, although I really havenít been to Charlotte too much. It is about a two-hour drive from Durham and Iíve really grown to love North Carolina over the last few years and hopefully Charlotte will be a good place for me as well.
Q: Seimone Augustus told us that she coped with LSUís loss with going back to the hotel and reading books. You didnít have much of an opportunity to go back and read books after last night, and Iím wondering how you did end up making that transition and show up today looking so chipper.
Currie: Well I donít know how good of a job I did making the transition, but we got back late, I was tired, I had to pack and then leave early this morning, so there really hasnít been any time to reflect on everything that has happened over the past day.
Q: Iím sure you probably pointed to this moment for a long time, and now that it is here, what are your thoughts and emotions?
Currie: I am extremely happy and very satisfied to be going to Charlotte. Itís a dream come true for me. My college career didnít end the way I wanted it to end, but Iím taking the next step and looking forward to what the future holds for me.
Sophia Young, No, 4 (San Antonio Silver Stars)
Q: Can you reflect on your emotions and tell us how youíre feeling with the entire experience of today?
Young: Well, at first I was really nervous because I didnít know where I was going to be and now the nervousness is gone, but it was really overwhelming because itís something you look forward to since you are a little girl and now that it is finally here Ė itís excitement mixed with nervousness. Itís been pretty good but Iím glad itís over now.
Q: Talk if you will about going to San Antonio and getting to stay in the state of Texas.
Young: Thatís very exciting and Iím sure my Baylor fans are really excited because before I left they were hoping I would come to San Antonio Ė and now Iím there! So to the fans, I love you guys, and thank you for everything that you did. And now you get to see me play some more. Itís great that I get to stay in Texas. Iíve spoken to some of the girls on the San Antonio team and they seem like really cool people.
Q: What can you say about going to play with Kendra Wecker?
Young: I think Kendra Wecker is a tremendous player, and to be playing with her instead of against her is a good thing.
Tamara James, No. 8 (Washington Mystics)
Q: Can you just talk about the emotions of being picked and what you were thinking when your name was called?
James: I really didnít know what to think, I was just hoping I would get picked. I had a lot of nerves because there is so much uncertainty, you donít know when youíre going to get picked. So I just feel so blessed and Iím so thankful that Washington picked me, and I wonít make them sorry that they did.
Q: What do you know about Washington?
James: They came to a lot of my games and showed a great interest in me, and I think I am going to be able to add to them.
Q: Talk a little bit about how quickly you got over feeling under the weather yesterday when you heard them call your name today.
James: That made everything feel better even though Iím still a bit under the weather. Iím just so happy, itís something to bring to my community, to my family, to my churches, itís motivation to bring to my college to my high school Ė itís such an important thing that Iíve accomplished and I am just so blessed to be here.
Shona Thorburn, No. 7 (Minnesota Lynx)
Q: Have you been to Minnesota? What do you know about Minnesota right now?
Thorburn: I know they have the largest mall in North America, or maybe the world Ė Iím not sure. In the summer Iíve heard itís absolutely beautiful which is good for me, coming from Utah and Iím very excited about it.
Tyeísha Fluker, No. 10 (Charlotte Sting)
Q: Can you tell us a little about your emotions leading up to today?
Fluker: Theyíve been mixed. The last few days I was relaxed, and then after the pre-draft camp I was nervous. But I slept really well last night. Then this morning I got a phone call from some friends telling me how excited they were for me and I got all nervous again and just started shaking until my name was called. And when they called my name I was just so happy, my dream came true and I have no one to thank but God.
Q: Can you tell us what you know about the Sting and how excited you are to play with them?
Fluker: I donít know a lot, Iím just really excited to learn a lot and contribute as much as I can and just bring whatever I can to the team.
Candice Dupree, No. 6 (Chicago Sky)
Q: Candice, if way back when someone could have told you your future and told you about this day, what would your reaction have been?
Dupree: I would have never guessed that this would happen. I would have never guessed that I would have played in college, let alone the WNBA. Iím thrilled right now, I donít even know what to say.
Q: Do you see it as a particular opportunity, going to a team that has to make itself from scratch? Is it an added challenge or an added opportunity?
Dupree: I think itís a little bit of both. Itís an opportunity because I think I can come in right away and make an impact. A challenge because itís going to be players from everywhere who are going to be new to the league, and it will be a challenge as far as chemistry goes.
Q: Who was at the table with you aside from your mom?
Dupree: I had my twin sister, my younger sister and my grandmother.
LaíTangela Atkinson, No. 9 (Indiana Fever)
Q: Can you tell us a little about what you were feeling today when they called your name?
Atkinson: Well, I was just sitting there looking at the screen wondering whether or not I was going to get called. I felt like a kid in a candy store when they called my name, and just to have my family there with me, it was a wonderful feeling.
Q: Can you tell us what youíre going to bring to the Fever?
Atkinson: Whatever they need. Iím a team player, Iíll accept my role. I like to play defense, I like to rebound, and if they need me to score, I can do that as well. Basically, whatever Indiana wants me to bring.
Q: Talk about what youíve been through emotionally in the past four days, from losing in the Final Four and then today.
Atkinson: Well, itís been hard. My team and I worked hard to get to the Final Four and it was disappointing, but you canít let that take over you Ė you have to move on. Being invited to the draft, I kind of just got excited. It bothered me that night, but I need to go on and get prepared for the next level.
Barbara Turner, No. 11 (Seattle Storm)
Q: Can you believe it?
Turner: No I canít. To have the opportunity to play with a UConn great and one of the best point guards in the WNBA is great and Iím really looking forward to the experience.
Q: Do you think your performance in the NCAA Tournament really helped to boost your shot here?
Turner: Yes, I think so. During the Tournament, I didnít even realize what I was doing until it was all over. But people were approaching me and letting me know that my stock had gone up a lot based on how I played. I just went out and played basketball, and fortunately, it helped me become a first-round draft pick in the WNBA.
Sherill Baker, No. 12 (New York Liberty)
Q: Can you talk about how excited you are to be a first-round draft pick for the New York Liberty?
Baker: Iím very excited. I have a lot of emotions right now. I just have to take my talent to the next level to help the team as much as possible.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about what was going through your head when you heard your name called?
Baker: I got a little emotional. I mean, my eyes watered up a little bit. I didnít think I was going to get called first round but Iím glad I did. I donít know what to say -- Iím speechless.
Q: Youíre joining some pretty impressive guards like Becky Hammond, what are you hoping to learn from her.
Baker: Sheís a veteran, sheís more experienced, Iím sure she can help me a lot with teaching the plays and the ins and outs and Iím just going to be there to listen to her.
Q: How do you feel about the opportunity to play on such a big stage in New York?
Baker: Madison Square Garden is huge. I just hope the fans like me, I know itís a tough crowd Ė I just hope we have a winning program there.