NOLAN RICHARDSON TALKS ABOUT THE REVAMPED TULSA SHOCK ROSTER BEFORE TRAINING CAMP
Last week, Richardson traded the Shock’s first round pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft and second round pick in 2011 to the Connecticut Sun for second-year center Chante Black and third-year forward Amber Holt. In the draft, the Shock picked Oklahoma’s own Amanda Thompson (19th overall) and Vivian Frieson (31st overall) in the second and third rounds respectively.
“Chante Black is 6-5, I can’t teach that,” Richardson said. “Chante’s got some quickness at 6-5 and we plan on doing some pressing and we need big girls that are long and can press and run the floor. Chante can do those kinds of things for us.”
Black played sparingly last year for the Sun but Richardson was impressed with her mid-range jump shot and potential to develop a post-up game.
With the loss of Katie Smith and Deanna Nolan in the off-season, Richardson traded for Holt in order to add an efficient scorer that can make up the lost points from last year’s team.
“Holt was on the all-rookie team two years ago and she broke her hand last year,” Richardson said. “You can’t have a person that is the leading scorer in the nation (in college), on the all-rookie team and then she’s hurt and can’t play anymore.”
The Shock will have open tryouts on April 21 and training camp officially begins on April 24, which will serve as the last steps in finalizing the roster. With the trade, draft picks and free agent acquisitions, this year’s team promises to be different than the squad that finished the season in Detroit last year but despite the changes, Richardson expects them to be successful on the court.
“When you look at our team, there are five players with 50 years of experience combined that we don’t have anymore,” Richardson said. “You have to try to figure out how can you get that back. With the trade and the two youngsters we picked up in the draft, put together with some free agents - I think we are going to have a good ball club.”