Minnesota Lynx Select North Carolina’s Rashanda McCants

Rashanda McCants, the sister of former Minnesota Timberwolves' draft pick Rashad McCants, comes to the Lynx after putting up career averages of 11.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 140 collegiate games. The Asheville, N.C., native played in two Final Fours in her college career and was named second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference twice.

McCants, a six-foot-one forward, enjoyed a breakout season in nearly every statistical category her junior year, averaging 15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.3 apg and 2.2 spg. McCants was named a 2009 State Farm Honorable Mention All-American and was a member of the All-ACC Academic Team.

Rashanda McCants' Draft Day Reaction
On what she was thinking while waiting to be drafted:
"I was thinking a million things: Who am I going to go to? How far am I going to fall down? What team is going to suit me best? I was absolutely thrilled when Minnesota called me. I was kind of crossing my fingers that Minnesota would be one of the teams that picked me because of the players there and I knew that personality wise it would be a great fit for me."

On the Lynx' style of play:
"I think the style of play is absolutely amazing. You can run and gun and then you can set it up. It kind of reminds me of when I played at (North) Carolina and had such great players surrounding me. I'm the type of player that if I need to give the ball to Seimone Augustus it's going to be no problem at all."

On talking to her brother:
"I have not had a chance to talk to him at all but I can't wait to call him and see what he has to say. My brother and I, for some reason, have had this follow-me trait going on. Everything he's done I'll copy him. Ironically enough he was the 14th pick to Minnesota and I'm the 15th pick to Minnesota. I honestly don't think any brother-sister combo has done that. I think it's really exciting to have that on our hands."

On fitting in with the Lynx:
"I think I'm a pretty good fit. I'm very versatile, a very gifted guard that any coach could want. If you want me to go and bang and rebound, I'm there. If you want me to pass to the open player or the star player, I'm there. If you want me to take shots, I'm there. I've always been that type of player where you tell me what you want me to do and I can do it."

On her opportunity to play with the Lynx:
"I think it's the greatest thing. For the history of me, I've always been on great teams that have done great things as far was winning championships and producing really good players. Renee Montgomery is going to be the point guard, that's just amazing within itself. Seimone Augustus, you've got Candice Wiggins. Look out for us."

On the irony of being drafted same city as her brother:
"I just know this roster very well because I always kind of just had this feeling 'what if I went to Minnesota.' I've also looked at the Phoenix Mercury roster because they're a run and gun team. It's not anything that spectacular, it's just coincidental. I've been following Minnesota for a while since my brother been on the team. He's been telling me about all the female players and how cool they are."

On being compared to her brother:
"I think we're very similar on the court, aggressive. If you want us to score, no problem at all. I don't want to take away from my brother and all. I think he's a great player and is misunderstood. I'm very personable. I love kids. I love people. I don't ever mind singing autographs. I'll do anything for a franchise."

On if it bothers her being asked about her brother:
"Sometimes it does because sometimes they ask about him before they ask about me. It's just the way it is. I've been in his shadow all my life and I'm kind of used to that."

On making a name for herself:
"I definitely think I can make a name for myself. I made a name for myself at Carolina. I made a name for myself coming out of high school. I don't think coming to the pros will be any different. We're very similar but different players and I think that it will show."

Coach Don Zierden on Rashanda McCants:
"Everybody's got their sayings here. Some people talk about attitude and all this stuff. We do our background checks the best we can. She's a super young woman and as a basketball player we love her. We knew that if we took a McCants we were going to get the attitude question. We talked to Sylvia Hatchell -- high ratings. We talked to LaToya Pringle - who we now have in a trade with Phoenix and was a teammate at North Carolina -- high ratings. Everything in our background check says good character and I tell you what, if it isn't we'll take care of that too."

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