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U Zig, I Zag
03-30-2011, 09:25 AM
We will start with this one:
http://www.swishappeal.com/2011/3/30/2080784/wnba-draft-2011-prospect-courtney-vandersloot-gonzaga-bulldogs


Buoyed by an incredible NCAA tournament run, Gonzaga captured the hearts of most of America, and in particular, their point guard Courtney Vandersloot. Helped by NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, Vandersloot has become one of the most intriguing WNBA prospects entering this year's WNBA draft

ID ZAGFAN
03-30-2011, 09:36 AM
No mention of Courtney, but interesting quotes from Vivian Frieson.

http://www.swishappeal.com/2011/3/24/2069876/2011-wnba-draft-tryout-camp-indianapolis-final-four

ZaGranny

a13coach
03-30-2011, 09:38 AM
This site has her going 8th.
http://www.draftsite.com/wnba/mock-draft/2011

U Zig, I Zag
03-30-2011, 09:55 AM
This site has her going 8th.
http://www.draftsite.com/wnba/mock-draft/2011

Angie at 17th. That's cool.

Zaglaw
03-30-2011, 11:33 AM
Did you notice Louella Tomlinson at 22? Other than her height, that kind of surprises me.

LongIslandZagFan
03-30-2011, 12:10 PM
Amazing, from what I am reading, WNBA players are leaving to goplay in Europe where they actually make MORE money than here.

Salary for rookies in NBA... $36,000 per year.

I'm trying to figure out why anyone would bother. That being said, I am impressed with those that do play... they obviously love the game because Lord knows it ain't about the money.

Angelo Roncalli
03-30-2011, 12:24 PM
Amazing, from what I am reading, WNBA players are leaving to goplay in Europe where they actually make MORE money than here.

Salary for rookies in NBA... $36,000 per year.

I'm trying to figure out why anyone would bother. That being said, I am impressed with those that do play... they obviously love the game because Lord knows it ain't about the money.

It's true. The women make much more in Europe. Sue Bird from the Storm plays in Russia where she makes 4X more than her WNBA salary. Diana Taurasi, 10X.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=rollinginrubles

zag944
03-30-2011, 12:26 PM
for real.

About 2 years ago when Stephon Marbury was making a max deal to sit on the Knicks bench or not come to MSG at all. A max deal is $20 million plus a season, which 10 or so guys were making at the time.

The WNBA had a $800K team salary cap. Multiplied by 12 teams that $9.6 million.

In other words, a bunch of NBA players were making twice as much a season than the entire WNBA. Dont think those numbers have changed much...

Im not suprised so many women play in other countries.

U Zig, I Zag
03-30-2011, 01:40 PM
I think the WNBA season is only 36 or 42 games. Leaves room/time/energy if you are serious about playing to head over seas in the 'off' season.

I bet Courtney will make some endorsement money at some level as well. She is popular right now. It's a big deal for a struggling WNBA team to give a player $50k for a short season, but for Nike, Reebok, Lady Footlocker, etc it's nothing to throw $50k at a player to wear some shoes and appear in an online commercial or something.

wazmix
03-30-2011, 07:03 PM
She's highly marketable, in a "doing things women normally don't do" kind of way. Her passing changes minds about how women can play........so a company that wants to sell women doing the "unusual" should consider her.

She loves the cellphone, and seems like the perfect player for the Twitter-generation. The WNBA will continue marketing to young girls, and CV seems perfect for social-media uses. ("Talkin' Hoops with Sloot" can be as big as she wants.)

MedZag
03-30-2011, 08:40 PM
It's true. The women make much more in Europe. Sue Bird from the Storm plays in Russia where she makes 4X more than her WNBA salary. Diana Taurasi, 10X.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=rollinginrubles

Great article Angelo. Missed that on the ESPN mainpage. Thanks.

U Zig, I Zag
03-31-2011, 07:12 AM
More from SwishAppeal (that site is a treasure trove for WBB stuff...)

http://www.swishappeal.com/2011/3/31/2072331/wnba-draft-2011-gonzaga-bulldogs-courtney-vandersloot-best-point-guard


And to be totally clear, I love watching Oklahoma Sooners point guard Danielle Robinson play; Stanford Cardinal point guard Jeannette Pohlen has an argument for "most improved point guard of the year" (if their was such an award); North Carolina's point guard tandem is really fun to watch; there are few players quicker than Duke Blue Devils point guard Jasmine Thomas; DePaul Blue Demon's point guard helps run one of the most disciplined offenses in the nation; and you have to appreciate Texas A&M point guard Sydney Colson's defensive toughness.

Nevertheless, Vandersloot definitely shined the brightest throughout the NCAA Tournament, which should have put any questions about who the best college point guard in the nation is to rest. However, as history has proven in multiple sports, being a good amateur and a good pro are too separate things entirely. And the number of senior point guards in the Sweet Sixteen alone should confirm what we said at the beginning of the season: this is going to be a deep draft for point guards.


My favorite:


In short, most video game player creators wouldn't even allow you to make a player that efficient - to lead a team in scoring and assists for a night is one thing. To do both extremely efficiently is another. To do it for an entire season at about that same level is almost mind boggling.

U Zig, I Zag
03-31-2011, 10:55 AM
Just a little CV and Angie talk.
http://www.womentalksports.com/items/read/42/904140/around-the-wnba-league-is-feeling-a-draft


GET THE POINT: We'll have more on Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot as the draft nears, but she's regarded as the top PG in the draft. One question that popped up about the All-American is her lithe stature and ability to transition quickly to the WNBA game. But New York coach/GM John Whisenant said he hoped Vandersloot dropped to 10 so he could pick her.