Fever Welcomes MVPs To Camp

May 4, 2006
As the Fever continues its second week of training camp and approaches its preseason road game at Charlotte, six WNBA veterans will report to camp by week’s end.

Three of those veterans, Tamika Catchings, Anna DeForge and Tamika Whitmore, have recently been named the Most Valuable Player of their respective domestic leagues overseas – Catchings in Korea, DeForge in Poland and Whitmore in France. Add Ebony Hoffman – MVP of the Italian Cup, Italy’s version of the playoffs – and the Fever boasts four overseas MVPs in its camp.

Catchings, DeForge and Whitmore join Tully Bevilaqua, Linda Fröhlich and Tan White as late arrivals to the Fever camp which began April 23. Catchings, who also played in Russia where she teamed with Fröhlich, will report for practice on Thursday, May 4 with her Spartak Moscow teammate. The others will arrive on either May 4 or 5, prior to the club’s road trip to Charlotte.

Training Camp Notes:
- Wednesday, the Fever waived Nikita Bell and reserve point guard Yolanda Paige. Bell was a free agent and one of four Fever players from the University of North Carolina. She was waived by the Detroit Shock prior to the 2005 season. Paige, the Fever’s second-round draft pick in 2005, saw action in 13 games as a rookie, but was inactive most of the season.

- The Fever training camp contingent of 15 players will be the first visiting WNBA club to play at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The Sting hosts Indiana in its first home game at the new arena.

- Indiana participated in a series of controlled scrimmages Monday in Las Vegas, with the Sacramento Monarchs and Detroit Shock. All three teams were without regular stars who had yet to report to WNBA camps due to overseas obligations.

- Indiana’s preseason home game on May 11, against the Los Angeles Sparks, will feature a pregame opportunity for kids to interact with WNBA All-Stars and WISH-TV sports anchor Anthony Calhoun. Calhoun will host “Choices for Champions,” a seminar with approximately 1,200 area youth to talk about making proper choices, dealing with peer pressure and other topics. Calhoun will have assistance from Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings and Sparks All-Star Lisa Leslie.

- Following its preseason game on May 11, the Fever will have eight days to trim its roster to 11 active players to begin the regular season.