Passing The Liberty Torch

La’Keshia Frett was a mainstay on the Liberty hardwood for two impressive seasons before retiring from the league after the 2005 season. She is now an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, under Head Coach Andy Landers.

Coincidentally, another familiar Liberty face, this year’s first round draft pick, Sherill Baker, recently finished her senior season with the Bulldogs – a season in which the All-SEC First Team member snagged a nation-leading 4.7 steals per game. But Baker was impressing Coach Frett long before she began electrifying The Garden crowd with her tenacious play.

Frett recently sat down with nyliberty.com to talk about Baker and her ability to have an impact in the WNBA this season.

Georgia is certainly representing itself on the Liberty squad this season.

Were you glad to see Sherill had been drafted by the Liberty?
Yes, I was happy to see Sherill go to New York. I knew she was going to a great organization where I thought she would have an opportunity to play.

What is a fond memory you have of Sherill from her senior season at Georgia?
The whole year, being able to watch Sherill take her game to another level. The cherry on top was seeing her selected in the first round of the draft.

Can you talk a little bit about Sherill’s work ethic both on and off the court?
Sherill is a hard worker; she truly has a desire to be the best in all that she does.

What do you think is Sherrill’s biggest strength on the court?
Her quickness, of course!

What advice did you give Sherill about the Liberty and New York City?
I told Sherill to ask questions and always continue to work hard.

What can Sherill bring to the Liberty during her rookie season?
Sherill can bring excitement to the Liberty. She is fun to watch play; I enjoyed watching her play all last year. Her quickness is something that not everyone has.

What will set Sherill apart from other first-year players in the league?
Her quickness - I know I keep saying that, but it’s the truth.

How will Sherill develop as a player by having someone like Becky Hammon as a mentor?
If Sherill watches and pays attention, she could learn a lot from Becky. Becky understands the game and is very crafty with the ball. And to catch up with you, how have you been since your decision to retire? I’m doing great - Living a dream!!!!

What do you like about coaching?
I enjoy working with our players and helping them improve their game.

What will you miss most about the WNBA?
The friendships that I made during my seven years in the league and seeing everyone’s faces during the summer.

How does it feel to have been a part of the only women’s professional league to last for 10 years?
Blessed. Over the past few years I’ve been able to do something that brought me so much joy. So many young women dream about playing professional basketball. I lived my dream and I’m ecstatic about that.