Mystics G Tayler Hill is expecting her first child in May but plans to return to play the 2014 season. The father of the child is Dave Lighty, a former wing player on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hill, who was selected fourth overall in the 2013 draft, is an OSU alum, too.
Lighty played with stars like Mike Conley and Greg Oden among others. He is now a professional basketball player in Europe for French club JSF Nanterre.
According to reports by Swishappeal.com, in the 2013 NBA offseason, Lighty played for the Brooklyn Nets and the Sacramento Kings on their Summer League teams. Lighty then played for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2013-2014 NBA Preseason, but was ultimately cut before the season. SwishAppeal.com come writes that there’s a lengthy and really good article on Lighty from SBN Ohio State Buckeyes site Land-Grant Holy Land.
From the official release by the Mystics:
MYSTICS’ HILL EXPECTING HER FIRST CHILD
Guard Expected to Return to Team During 2014 Season
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Mystics head coach and general manager Mike Thibault announced today that guard Tayler Hill and her partner Dave Lighty are expecting their first child in May.
“We wish the best for Tayler and Dave,” said Thibault. “She intends to play at some point next season, and we will be glad to welcome her back when she is ready to return. Tayler’s improvement over the last two months of the season was significant, and we know that she is dedicated to becoming a great player in the WNBA.”
A standout at Ohio State University, Hill was selected by the Mystics with the fourth overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. She averaged 6.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 34 games last season with the Mystics.
“Dave and I are happy to expand our family and are looking forward to welcoming a healthy baby,” said Hill. “We are thankful for the support of our families and the Mystics organization as we start our new journey as parents.”
The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.