Italee Lucas Carrying Carolina Tradition With Shock
�We had a little discussions before training camp started, talking about North Carolina, how some of the plays that we ran, Coach Richardson runs as well,� Lucas said. �We have even been reminiscing about our past coaches."
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The Shock selected Italee Lucas in the second round (21st overall) in the draft after being enamored with her speed and ability to score at North Carolina.
�I�m going to say she�s a two or a three. She�s a scorer and attacker that can shoot the three,� General Manager and Head Coach Nolan Richardson said. �She�s a tough little lady and she has some quickness. The draw fell our way a little bit, I think. She was a potential first rounder.
In 2010-11, Lucas averaged 15.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting from the field while being named to the ACC All-Tournament team and second team All-ACC. Now on her fourth day of practices, there�s one glaring difference between the college and professional game that Lucas has attempted to adapt to early in camp - speed.
�The speed,� Lucas said. �I think the speed is different but coming from North Carolina, we run a fast paced game and I think that�s helped me a lot coming into this program.�
Lucas is one of three point guards currently competing in Shock training camp alongside Latta and UCLA Alumni Darxia Morris. Off-season acquisition Andrea Riley is remains sidelined after having a baby in the off-season.
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�It�s been interesting, getting to know the girls, the coaches and the system so it�s been fun. I�ve been learning a lot here and hopefully it continues,� Lucas said. �Coach Richardson is a chill guy. He wants you to learn. He teaches you to the best of his ability.�
Lucas along with many of her colleagues and friends around the league are competing in training camps across the country in the WNBA and amidst two-a-days, her mantra remains the same as she attempts earn a spot on the Shock�s 2011 roster.
�Stay true to my game but be open to learning, open heart, open ears, open eyes, just be open to everything and work hard,� Lucas said.