First, I want to recap last weekís WNBA Draft for the Lynx. We added to our championship roster a few collegiate players who had standout careers at their respective schools. With the No. 3 overall pick, we selected a forward out of the University of Notre Dame, Devereaux Peters, who impacts the game in many ways. In Peters we see a player who embraces defense with her steals, rebounding, and shot blocking ability, a player who is an adept passer and, in our view, the best screening post player in the college game. Petersí transition to the pro game should be a seamless one.
With our No. 12 pick we opted to defer to the future by selecting Damiris Dantas, a young rising star out of Brazil that will not report to the WNBA this summer because of commitments to the Brazilian National Team. The Lynx then had three picks in a row in the second round, Nos. 18, 19, and 20. With the 18th overall pick we selected the projected late first rounder from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Julie Wojta, another all-around player who stuffed the stat sheet throughout her college career. With the 19th overall pick in the draft we were happy to add the skilled, agile post player from Gonzaga University, Kayla Standish. And with an eye on the future, at No. 20 we chose another international player, Nika Baric, a 5-foot-7 guard from Slovenia who will not report to the WNBA this season. Lastly, with the 31st overall pick in the draft, we opted for a player who was one of the top high school players in the nation, Jacki Gemelos, with the hope that she will overcome a college career marred by knee injuries to one day be able to compete in the WNBA.
As I mentioned at the open, itís time for the start of training camp. This Sunday marks the official start of our title defense. Iíve seen many Lynx fans while out and about this offseason and while thereís great appreciation for our 2011 championship, one thing is clearÖ.our fans want to do it AGAIN! I can tell you a REPEAT will be on our minds at the outset of the season. We will address the notion that no championship team in nearly a decade has been able to accomplish back-to-back titles. But like last season, we will discuss our goals, then file them away and get to work on the daily tasks that we know are necessary to become a great team. We look forward to our first chance to see our fans on May 15 at the U of Mís Sports Pavilion for our home preseason game against Chicago. See you there!!
P.S. A very Happy 40th Anniversary to Title IX, the law passed on June 23, 1972 that changed the landscape for girls and women with regard to opportunities in higher education and participation in athletics. I am so grateful to the pioneers of Title IX whose efforts afford me the opportunity to live my dream every day.
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