Q&A: Lindsay Whalen, Pick #4, Connecticut Sun

Q: Can you talk about the irony of going to Connecticut after playing your last college game against UConn, and where do you think you have to raise your level of game to play the point guard position with them?

Whalen: I think the first question, obviously I played Connecticut in the Final Four. I had the chance to play against a great team and obviously I got to meet a lot of great Connecticut fans out at the Final Four. They were talking a little bit about the Draft. I think theyíre very knowledgeable fans and they know a lot about the game and whatís going on.

Whalen: I think that the next level, everythingís a little bit more physical, everythingís a little bit faster and I think your jump shot needs to be a little bit more accurate. Obviously, Iíll play point guard, maybe a little two, but if youíre a guard you have to take care of the ball and I think that thatís something Iíll have to work on, as well as defense. There are a lot of things that I can work on in order to be a solid player at the next level.

Q: Talk about how you grew as a basketball player during your college career

Whalen: Well, I think starting out as a freshman and sophomore, I think we were figuring out what it took to win and I think that both myself and my teammates had to understand what it was really going to take for us to be a successful program. The last few years have been a reward for sticking out that first year when I was not so great and I think that my gameís just developed with our teamís and itís just gotten better as our teamís gotten better.

Q: Are you disappointed that youíre not going to Minnesota?

Whalen: Itís definitely a challenge and Iím definitely going to welcome it and Iím definitely going to work hard. Iím going to bring the same competitive spirit and the same game that I played at Minnesota to Connecticut. Obviously, Iím from Minnesota and thereís a team there and that would have been a good opportunity, but thatís not going to change anything about the way Iím going to play or what Iím going to do. Iím going to be the same player Iíve always been.

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