May 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM
WNBA bound: Where former local high school stars are aiming to make pro rosters
WNBA training camp opens Sunday and rosters have been set with a league-limit of 15. Official season rosters will be announced May 23 with a league-limit of 11 players.
The Storm’s opening day is full of question marks without mainstays Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson. The same can be said for our state’s former prep stars. But the list of those local players looking to play in the WNBA continues to grow. Here’s a look at who’s where:
Ashley Corral, point guard, Prairie High School, Washington Mystics
Outlook: Cut from 2012 Storm training camp, then played in China. New Mystics roster features veteran point guards, so chances are slim.
Briann January, point guard, Lewis and Clark HS, Indiana Fever
Outlook: Led Fever to the franchise’s first WNBA championship in 2012. Experienced a strong offseason in Israel.
Cathrine Kraayeveld, forward, Lake Washington HS, Atlanta Dream
Outlook: Averaged 15.4 minutes as a reserve in 2012. Dream has new coaching staff, meaning role could change for the nine-year veteran.
Leilani Mitchell, point guard, Kennewick HS, New York Liberty
Outlook: 2010 Most Improved Player has taken a dip with constant coaching changes. Should still be a starter under another new regime.
Lindsey Moore, point guard, Kentwood HS, Minnesota Lynx
Outlook: Drafted in the 2013 first round, Lynx quickly signed rookie to a contract. Expected to back up All-Star Lindsay Whalen on an offensively potent team.
Alex Montgomery, guard/forward, Lincoln HS, New York Liberty
Outlook: First-year Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer likes her athleticism but size won’t work on the wing in his system. Season could be a defining one for her pro career.
Katelan Redmon, guard/forward, Lewis and Clark HS, Storm
Outlook: On a roster void of depth, could make an impact with scoring capabilities and feel for the game. Played seven games for New York in 2012.
Courtney Vandersloot, point guard, Kentwood HS, Chicago Sky
Outlook: A 2011 All-Star; will play alongside touted rookie Elena Delle Donne in her third season.
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