Minnesota Lynx guard Katie
Smith, one of the most prolific scorers in WNBA history as well as a two-time
Olympic gold medalist, joined us at the 2005 WNBA Draft to co-host the Draft Day
chat. She was also a graduate assistant coach at Ohio State the past two seasons
and knows the top prospects inside and out. She also knows a thing or two about
the importance of the Draft. The Lynx were a playoff team last year thanks, in
part, to their two Top Ten draft picks in 2004. Smith answered your questions,
made comments throughout the day and welcomed each of the top picks as they joined
us live to chat with you as well. Thanks to Katie and the draft picks who were
in attendance... Kendra Wecker, Tan White, Janel McCarville, Sandora Irvin, Kara
Braxton, Katie Feenstra, Temeka Johnson, Jacqueline Batteast and more!
What up, ya'all. I'm here and ready to get this started... This is
going to be a fun day.
katie-how's your knee and are you going to be starting the season? Katie
The knee is good, just a little arthritic. Just need to take care of
myself and I'm excited to be back in Minnesota to see my teammates and get back
on the floor. GO LYNX. WHOO HOOO!
Hey Katie, who's gonna be the #1 pick? Katie
I say Janel McCarville will be going first to Charlotte. A great passer,
a good feel for the game, can score, defend, but isn't someone that needs a lot
of touches. I think Dawn would enjoy playing with her.
Hi Katie, I am a Buckeye from my Ph.D. degree, watched you play there.
When and who do you think will draft Tameka Johson from LSU. I work st LSU now.
I think she'll go to Houston at the fifth pick. It should be a good
pick for them... but I have no insider information or anything like that... Katie
Look at that headshot of me. I'm so hot... :)
Hey Katie will Caity Matter make the WNBA? Katie
I don't know when she'll be drafted, but she'll end up on a team. She'll
be a good role player and you can always use someone who can knock down shots
in this league. Katie
FIVE MINUTES TO DRAFT!!!
Hey Katie, since you've been an asst. with Ohio State, would
you consider coaching as a full time job in the future? Katie
I don't really want to coach as my occupation. I see from being involved
at Ohio State just how stressful it can be and the type of lives that coaches
have. Players can stress out the coaches, especially if the players are like me.
But I would like to teach the game and love kids...
The Mpls. paper's mock draft had the Lynx drafting Kristin Haynie, but
the St. Paul paper didn't even have her mentioned in their mock. Why not, and
what do you think? Would she be a good pick for the Lynx? Katie
It's a possibility. I think she could be a good point guard. She just
got that role with Mich State this year, so she has a lot to learn, but has the
physical abilities to be good. Don't know if she'll be there at 11.
Where do you see Katie Feenstra being chosen in this year's draft?
Have you heard any rumors about this pick? Katie
She'll be chosen. I don't know exactly where she goes. Ohio State played
them this year and she showed great ability to score, defend and she moves well
for her size. I think she'll definitely get drafted and make an impact. You can't
teach size. Katie
Where do you think Heather schiber from texas will get drafted? Thanks and your
I think she might get picked up in the later rounds. She's another
one who can shoot the ball. As a role player, to have someone like that, a shooter,
is huge. And thanks! Moderator:
And we're live.... Moderator:
As soon as the picks are made, get your questions in for each of the newest members
of the WNBA. Katie
This is SO exciting... I can't wait to see who I'm playing with...
Who do You think would make a good player for The Lynx? Katie
Obviously we'd love to get McCarville, not only as a player, but the
fan support would be great. Another guard that can defend and score and give us
a little more depth at the wing position... I'm getting old. :)
where do you see kristin haynie going?
Smith: I think Tanisha Wright (Penn State) will be around. Haynie could be
there, Batteast and maybe Dionnah Jackson from Oklahoma.
Charlotte is on the clock...
Smith: We are ready to get this going... Start making some picks!
Smith: And a special hello to the WNBA players following us love overseas...
hope you get what you want.
Smith: Charlotte takes... JANEL McCARVILLE!!! Go Big Ten!
And with that,
the 2005 WNBA Draft was underway...