Liberty Continues Roster Shakeup Via Draft

After already acquiring two All-Stars this off-season, the New York Liberty continues to add valuable pieces as the team eyes a run towards a WNBA Championship this season.

The Liberty selected 5-10 guard Kalana Greene out of Connecticut with its first pick (No. 13 overall) of the second round in the 2010 WNBA Draft on April 8th. New York also took 5-6 guard Ashley Houts from Georgia with its second pick (No. 16 overall) of the second round and 6-2 forward Cory Montgomery of Nebraska with its final pick (No. 25 overall) to close out a successful afternoon.

“We are very pleased,” team President and General Manager Carol Blazejowski said. “We feel fortunate that Kalana Greene fell to us at No. 13. She’s got a championship mentality, she’s a hard worker and she’s a great defender."

Greene was selected to the All-Big East First Team after averaging 12.0 points per game – while shooting 58.4 from the field - and 4.7 rebounds per game for the national champs this season. She scored six points and grabbed five boards in a win over Stanford last Tuesday to help the Huskies win its second straight national title.

“We thought she would go in the first round easy … the middle of the first round,” Blazejowski said.

Greene is clearly a proven winner. In fact, she hasn’t lost a single game over the course of her final two seasons at Connecticut, helping the Huskies become the first team in Division I history to ever go unbeaten two consecutive seasons.

Prior to the draft, the Liberty made a major splash by acquiring All-Star guard Cappie Pondexter in a three-team trade. New York also received a second round pick from Chicago in the deal which was was used to select Houts, who averaged 12.5 points, 3.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs, earning All-SEC First Team honors along the way.

The Liberty believes she will provide some much-needed depth at point guard. “Ashley Houts at the point, we’ve been following her at Georgia,” Blazejowski said. “She’s a great point guard in the NCAA, so we were pleased to shore up the point guard position.”

Meanwhile, Montgomery adds versatility to the frontcourt along with being able to shoot the long ball. The sharp shooter averaged 12.9 points per outing last season while shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc.

The Liberty began its recent overhaul after acquiring All-Star forward Nicole Powell in the Dispersal Draft in December.

“We had to make changes after last season’s disappointing year, and now everyone’s going to have to fight for a position,” Blazejowski said. “Nothing is guaranteed to anyone, and that’s what we need here. We need people to come in here who want to win, want to work hard and want to fight for a position.”

Everything is in place for a very promising season.