Each week we will be taking a trip overseas to check in on some of the WNBA’s top players who are playing for professional clubs all across the world. It is our job to keep you updated on the players you love to watch the most, and how they are doing in preparation for the upcoming season. This week we take a look into the Polish, Italian, Turkish and Chinese professional leagues at a couple of the WNBA’s most productive players, and some young promising talent, who you should begin to hear about more and more this coming season.
Jonquel Jones – Connecticut Sun
Jones is coming off her best season in the WNBA, where she led the league in rebounds (11.9), tied for the league lead in double-doubles (20) and was top-15 in points (15.4) en route to winning Most Improved Player honors. Currently, she is overseas in China playing for Shanxi Xing Rui, and completely dominating. Through nine games with the club, Jones has assaulted the stat sheets, compiling 25.7 points and 18.1 rebounds. She has always been a rebounding machine, having led the nation her senior season at George Washington (14.6 per game) and has brought that to the pro level as well. Look for Jones to make strides on her overall scoring skills next season. We shouldn’t be surprised if she is a top-10 player in points and rebounds sooner rather than later.
Stefanie Dolson – Chicago Sky
Dolson is one of the WNBA’s more productive forwards and she has brought her all-around game to Italy, playing for Napoli. So far through six games with the club, Dolson is averaging 17.3 points and 7.0 rebounds. In the top 20 last season for both scoring (14.5) and rebounding (5.8), Dolson had a career-best year in her first season with the Sky. It comes as no surprise, that so far in her professional season in Italy, she is filling up the stat sheets. Dolson is coming off her most productive performance which came in a 67-62 win, where she amounted 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Shavonte Zellous – New York Liberty
Zellous was one of the Liberty’s most relied upon players this season. She started every game, and played 29.1 minutes per contest. A top-30 league scorer last season (11.9), she is currently overseas in Turkey playing for Besiktas CT Istanbul. Through the club’s eight games, she is enjoying a nice season averaging 19.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Although the club is 2-6 to start the season, Zellous has consistently played at a high level in each one of their contests.
Bria Holmes – Atlanta Dream
A graduate of West Virginia, where she was a First-Team All Big 12 player her senior season, and amounting 99 career double-doubles, Holmes has had a solid first two seasons in the WNBA. Playing with the Dream, she has played in 65 total games and has a career 7.6 points per game. Currently, she is overseas playing professionally in Poland for CCC PolkoWice. In her club’s first 10 games, Holmes is averaging 12.6 points on 56 percent shooting – a strong improvement from her 40.4% shooting through her first two seasons in the WNBA. She has been feeling it recently, as her two most recent games (both wins), she averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.
Kahleah Copper – Chicago Sky
As one of only three players ever in Rutgers University women’s basketball history to amount over 1,800 points in a college career, Copper as a result was Washington’s first pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft (seventh overall). Since turning pro however, Copper has yet to burst out of her shell and fill it up like so many scouts were expecting, being only a 6.5 points per game scorer through her first two seasons. However, currently playing for Basket 90 Gdynia in Poland, she is averaging 23.6 points, on 54 percent shooting from behind the arc. Perhaps a season like the one she is enjoying now is all she needs to bring the scoring, and confidence to her game, over to the WNBA.