One-on-One with Suzie McConnell Serio
You may think that the first pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft is pretty obvious, but the team who holds that pick doesn't necessarily think so. We sat down with Suzie McConnell Serio, head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, at the Pre-Draft Camp on Monday to get her thoughts on the draft class and what the Lynx might do with their two first round selections. What she had to say might surprise you.
WNBA.com: It seems like it's a very deep draft at the point guard position. Were you focused on the point guards today?
Suzie McConnell Serio: Absolutely. It depends which way we go, though. Obviously, if we go with Cappie, we're looking for the athlete or scorer at seven. If we go with Seimone, then we're looking for the point guard at seven. So, we're really focusing on both, but someone like La'Tangela Atkinson, who we've followed throughout the year, is not here. So you look at that type of player. But if we go in the other direction, then yeah, point guard is the focus here this afternoon, with Nikki Blue ... Megan Duffy ... Erin Grant ... Alexis Kendrick.
SMS: We've seen them with their team and we know what they're capable of doing. What I think this does, it shows them head-to-head. So if a player is able to get by people in their league, can they get by each other here? Can they defend each other? Who's the better leader out there on the floor with new players around them? On the next level, there are going to be totally different players. Are they able to evolve as a leader in that situation? So, you are looking at those things and whether they have the ability to shoot well here and sustain it throughout these practices and scrimmages.
WNBA.com: You bring up their leadership skills. So are you following them and watching them off the court as well?
SMS: More so on the court. Obviously, you see the transition when they go on and off, and what they're like with their teammates when they come off the floor. Those types of things. You see how they react when mistakes are made. Do they try to pick their teammates up? Are they encouraging? We're just really evaluating everything overall.
WNBA.com: So you're looking at your two picks as a package?
SMS: Absolutely. And that's been our goal all along, figuring out the best combination or package.
WNBA.com: So then the variable is those picks Nos. 5 and 6.
SMS: Right. A lot of times you look for the intangibles, for a player to seperate themselves from the rest, because they're all very skilled players who have had great careers. You have to find those things that will seperate them from the rest of the players at the next level.
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