Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of the WNBA draft. Some things have changed over the years (the location, its allure) and some haven’t (the structure). The first league president (Val Ackerman) and former draftees took me behind the scenes at the draft.
The college basketball season just ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to look ahead to next year. For the first time since 2012, a program other than UConn will enter the season as defending champs. Is South Carolina the early favorite to repeat? Find out in my latest story for Excelle Sports.
The women’s NCAA Tournament starts Friday. In an article for Excelle Sports, I look at the top players to watch.
The 1996 women’s Olympic basketball team didn’t lose a single game during its year-long tour, which culminated in a gold medal at the Summer Games in Atlanta. But its lasting legacy is the WNBA, which launched largely because of the success of the ’96 team. For a story published in Excelle Sports, I interviewed some of the team’s players and coaches, as well as other key figures, for their recollections of that incredible team.
Last season, I profiled UConn’s Breanna Stewart for the website Sports On Earth, culling insights from her parents, teammates, and coaches from all levels, including Geno Auriemma. On Tuesday, Apr. 8, Stewart was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as the Huskies won their third straight national championship. She is the first woman to win the award three times and will have a shot at a fourth next season.
Breanna Stewart is only a sophomore but she’s already been named MVP of the Final Four and claimed five gold medals for USA basketball. Can she be the best women’s basketball player of all time? A story I wrote for Sports On Earth attempts to answer that question.
After covering a UConn game in which Stewart’s coach, Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma, said she was unlike any other player he’d coached, I talked to her teammates, parents, high school coaches, and USA basketball coaches to get a better idea of her potential. Their praise for Stewart’s basketball abilities was matched only by their glowing reviews of her as a person.