Jessica Dickson, South Florida
# 21 Overall Pick
Sacramento Monarchs

Opening Statement: I am so happy, definitely happy. This is a blessing to be in this situation and to have this opportunity to have the chance to play with professionals. So I am definitely excited.

Q: What do you know about Sacramento?

Dickson: That it's all the way on the other side (of the country). But, as I was saying earlier, they have Yolanda Griffith and Kara Lawson. Those are really great players and I am excited to play amongst veterans.

Q: Have you ever been there at all or is it just a place on the map for you?

Dickson: Never been there, so it's just like a place on the map for me.

Q: What do you think the biggest transition will be going from college to the WNBA and what are you looking forward to the most?

Dickson: I'm looking forward to going out to California. Sacramento is a big city and I'm looking forward to getting adjusted. I think the transition will be the game is faster, the girls will be bigger and stronger so as far as me, I will just have to work harder to get stronger and elevate my game.


Brooke Smith, Stanford
# 23 Overall Pick
Minnesota Lynx

Opening Statement: It is really exciting having this opportunity just to keep playing. It is a big sense of relief to finally hear your name called.

Q: Describe the overall emotions that you're feeling today.

Smith: I'm really excited. There's a lot of young talent (in Minnesota) and they have a lot of great players. I'm really excited to get the opportunity to be on the team and get a chance (to show what I can do) at training camp.

Q: What does the WNBA mean to you and how do you feel about being a role model?

Smith: I'm really excited. I looked up to all these players as I was growing up and love to watch them play, so the opportunity to be on the other side of that is going to be really exciting and a cool experience. I look forward to having the same effect on young kids as these players have had on me.

Q: There's been some question on your jump hook and whether that'll be able to work at the next level. Are you concerned about that at all?

Smith: Not right now, I'm not. It is actually more of a running hook and it is the shot that I've used for a long time, so I hope to still use it at the next level and hopefully it will be effective.

Q: What do you think will be the toughest part about the transition?

Smith: I think it is just the whole faster pace, quicker pace. And I think it's just more physical and those will probably be the biggest adjustments I'll have to account for.


Cori Chambers, Georgia
# 26 Overall Pick
Connecticut Sun

Q: Can you just describe your feelings about being in the draft and what your expectations are?

Chambers: It is just really overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. There's also nervousness. I'm just glad it is over and I kind of know a little bit more about what's going to happen.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about playing in the WNBA?

Chambers: Just playing basketball. I mean, that is what I love to do so I am excited to be playing outside of college and on the professional level.

Q: What was your biggest inspiration to get to your level?

Chambers: Just for the love of the game. It's fun and I just love to play.


Nare Diawara, Virginia Tech
# 30 Overall Pick
San Antonio Silver Stars

Q: How would you describe your overall feelings about today?

Diawara: I really can't say anything. I am so happy right now because this has been my dream since I was little. I came to the United States to play basketball - that was my dream.

Q: Where did you grow up?

Diawara: Mali, West Africa.

Q: What did you learn during your time at Virginia Tech?

Diawara: I think I learned a lot between my freshman year and my senior year. I've learned to work hard in practice and try to reach my goals.

Q: For those fans who haven't seen you play, what skills will you be bringing to your new team?

Diawara: I'll bring good rebounding, great defense and I'll block some shots.


Gillian Goring, North Carolina State
# 32 Overall Pick
Washington Mystics

Q: How are you healing from your injury?

Goring: I am progressing a lot. I am getting more in shape and getting better and better. I had surgery recently and I am just going to keep on working.

Q: Are you relieved that you got drafted and now know where you'll be going?

Goring: I'm feeling relieved now. You just have to gear up and get ready for the next level.

Q: How do you feel about going to Washington and what do you think you'll bring to the team?

Goring: I'm really excited because Washington is so close to NC State. No matter what, it is right down the street and just to be close to my home town, I will be happy. It'll just be in the backyard, a quick train ride down there.

Q: What will be your biggest transition going from college to the WNBA? What are your expectations?

Goring: I'm just ready for it. It is going to be hard work and I will have to put up a fight, but I am ready. There are a lot of top players that have already established their history, so going to face up against them is just really exciting for me. I am so excited. I really want to meet Lisa Leslie.