Q&A: Alana Beard, Pick #2, Washington Mystics

Q: How do you think your college career prepared you for this opportunity?

Beard: It has prepared me in ever aspect Ė not just on the court but off the court also. Just the person Iíve become since Iíve been at Duke. And on the court, itís in every aspect. They play me at every position, so I have a great feel for the game and I know what the five is thinking when Iím playing the one, what the four is thinking when Iím playing the two. So, I think that has definitely helped a lot.

Q: Are you rejuvenated and ready to get back on the court?

Beard: Iím rejuvenated. I have to be. I had only a day after the Minnesota loss [in the NCAA Tournament] to just sit back and drown myself in my sorrows. And the next day I had to get started with everything Ė picking an agent and doing all this crazy stuff. Iíve been traveling for the past three weeks and itís been hectic, but Iíve been loving it. I havenít had time to think about anything and Iím starting a new chapter of my life and Iím ready.

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