Personal Reflection – Looking back at WNBA Draft Week.

The WNBA Draft has come and gone and Kelsey Plum is headed to San Antonio as the #1 pick. It was a crazy week for me personally, as I have been dealing with the loss of my grandfather who passed away on Tuesday and I have been going back and forth to my parent’s house to help them out. On top of that, the draft took place on Thursday — and I was live streaming for WNBA365 (It’s on YouTube, just search WNBA365). All night long, we kept expecting draft day trades because we just kept hearing through out the week and then NOTHING came up! Talk about disappointment, but I’m pretty sure there will be some more trades or action with WNBA Training camp set to open in a week!

This week was just crazy for me personally. I had all these plans lined up for the summer and I have just found out this week that there are some big events planned both in my family as well as among my friends. It’s crazy right? What is the saying again? When you make plans, God laughs? Yup. That’s what happened to me this week. All these emotions of sadness and happiness mixed together.

As for how the WNBA Draft turned out, I was just disappointed. I am aware of the fact that this year’s WNBA Draft class was weak (not superstars, just solid role players or borderline All Stars) but still. It sucks for the draftees and their family not to get a picture with the league president on the stage and have that moment. It was robbed of them. There was nothing wrong with the Draft and if anyone had any objection to it otherwise clearly did the WNBA a disservice. Congratulations to all of the WNBA Draftees and good luck in training camp. It’s going to be extremely difficult to make a WNBA roster from this year forward (I would expect less than 10 to make it) but take the opportunity and make  your game better.

I haven’t put this on my blog yet, but I am working with Shattered Backboard for it’s  WNBA/women’s college basketball website. http://www.shatteredbackboard.com. Check it out as we will have great stuff rolled out for the upcoming WNBA season. It’s been a fun ride so far and more great things are in the future.

As always, I appreciate many of you who check my blog daily hoping for some updates. This post is for you! I don’t post here often, but I thought I would give an update on what is happening in my life as well as my thoughts on the WNBA Draft. I’ll try my best to blog more often on my thoughts on the WNBA season, players, etc.

Thanks for all the support on Twitter and everywhere else.

Peace out!

– Aneela

 

Women’s College Basketball Final Overall Player Rankings for 2016/2017 – Class by Class!

What a season. How time flies. Beginning of the season, I had no clue as to how the season would go. From November to March, It has been my absolute pleasure in putting up these weekly rankings. You can check out the previous week rankings here or check my archives. But, these rankings are different. It is the overall player rankings, taken from my own weekly rankings.

I designed these overall rankings into a system. Over 16 weeks, whoever had the best week against top opponents in non conference play or conference play got a nod. I didn’t just limit the players to just the power 5 schools, I also included some really good mid major ones as well as if a mid major team had a big win against a Power 5 school, I had them in as well.

So who made the cut? Who were the top 36 seniors this year? The top 27 juniors? The top 18 sophomores? The top 9 freshmen? Read below and find out!

– Aneela

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  3. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  4. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  5. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  6. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State
  7. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  8. Lindsey Allen – Notre Dame
  9. Nina Davis – Baylor
  10. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  11. Erica McCall – Stanford
  12. Evelyn Akhator – Kentucky
  13. Alexis Jones – Baylor
  14. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  15. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  16. Makayla Epps – Kentucky
  17. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  18. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  19. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  20. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  21. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  22. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  23. Precious Hall – James Madison
  24. Jessica January – DePaul
  25. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  26. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  27. Ally Disterhoft – Iowa
  28. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  29. Miah Spencer – NC State
  30. Mehyrn Kraker – Green Bay
  31. Pachis Roberts – Georgia
  32. Kelsey Lang – Texas
  33. Ashley Deary – Northwestern
  34. Ronni Williams – Florida
  35. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State
  36. Elin Gustavsson – Colorado State

JUNIORS

  1. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  3. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  4. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  5. Lexie Brown – Duke
  6. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  7. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  8. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  9. Monique Billings – UCLA
  10. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  11. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  12. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  13. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  14. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  15. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  16. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  17. Kia Nurse – Connecticut
  18. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  19. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State
  20. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  21. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  22. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  23. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  24. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  25. Cierra Porter – Missouri
  26. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota
  27. Emily Potter – Utah

SOPHOMORES

  1. Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson
  2. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  3. Kristine Anigwe – California
  4. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  5. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  6. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  7. Regan Margarity – Virginia Tech
  8. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  9. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  10. Asia Durr – Louisville
  11. Jessica Shepard – Nebraska
  12. Chanette Hicks – Virginia Tech
  13. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  14. Jill Barta – Gonzaga
  15. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  16. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  17. Beatrice Mompremier – Baylor
  18. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State

FRESHMEN

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  3. Kysre Gondrezick – Michigan
  4. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  5. Destiny Slocum – Maryland
  6. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  7. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  8. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  9. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut

The WNBA Draft Date is April 13th, 2017

The WNBA has not yet announced the official draft date which is a shame, since it is a month away now. Yet, over the two months, thanks to knowledgeable fans who did the research, the WNBA draft date is April 13th 2017 starting at 7 pm on ESPN2.

UPDATE: (March 13th) The WNBA Draft is officially April 13th, confirmed by two people with knowledge. However, the WNBA Draft does NOT have a location set yet, meaning the Mohegan Sun arena is out. It could be either at the ESPN studios or in New York. Check back later on this post.

If you have heard that the draft is on April 10th, you are wrong. I have listed two pieces of information that will make it clear to you that the draft indeed will be April 13th.

The first piece of information is clear. ESPN2 has it’s programming schedule set for April 13th. As you can see, below it has the draft scheduled for 7 to 8 pm on ESPN2. Don’t believe me? Take a look yourself.

If you follow this link http://espnmediazone.com/us/programming/program-schedules/#tvl_resultsAnchor, and click on April 13th, for a live event on ESPN2, you will see the WNBA Draft pop up. Also, the WNBA draft will continue from 8 pm to 9 pm on ESPNU afterwards.

Another piece of information is listed right here in the Odyssey Sims article, which clearly states..”The WNBA Draft will take place on April 13th.” http://www.wnba.com/news/sparks-acquire-odyssey-sims-trade-wings/  right on the WNBA official website itself!

I’m not sure why the league STILL has not made it official. This is NOT how the WNBA should operate. The draft date should be open three months before. So, spread the word and let everyone know for those who didn’t know before. The official draft date is April 13th 2017. The San Antonio Stars hold the #1 pick.

Women’s College Basketball Player Weekly Rankings – Week 16! Class by Class!

The last full week of regular season play has come and ended. What a regular season. Yes, UCONN is still undefeated. But other than that, the unpredictability was fun to watch this season. I’m greatly looking forward to the conference tourneys and then the NCAA tournament!

Note: *Before we jump into Week 16 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well from week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears the confusion*

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Feb 20th to the 26th. You can check the previous week rankings here. Have any questions? Check my FAQ page. Comments to make? Leave them in my comment section or contact me on Twitter at @whoopsblogger

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  3. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  4. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  5. Sydney Weise – Oregon State
  6. Evelyn Akahator – Kentucky
  7. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  8. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  9. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  10. Lindsay Allen – Notre Dame
  11. Makayla Epps – Kentucky
  12. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  13. Jessica January – DePaul
  14. Erica McCall – Stanford
  15. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  16. Shayla Cooper – Ohio State
  17. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  18. Nina Davis – Baylor
  19. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay
  20. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  21. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  22. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  23. Dominique Wilson – NC State
  24. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  25. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  26. Breanna Lewis – Kansas State
  27. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  28. Brittany Brown – Florida State
  29. Pachis Roberts – Georgia
  30. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  31. Raigyne Moncrief – LSU
  32. Lizzie Wendell – Drake
  33. Feyonda Fitzgerald – Temple
  34. Kendall Noble – Western Kentucky
  35. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State
  36. Elin Gustavsson – Colorado State

JUNIORS

  1. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  2. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  3. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  4. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  5. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  6. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  7. Lexie Brown – Duke
  8. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  9. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  10. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  11. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  12. Monique Billings – UCLA
  13. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  14. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  15. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  16. Morgan William – Mississippi State
  17. Jadda Buckley – Iowa State
  18. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  19. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  20. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  21. Imani Wright – Florida State
  22. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  23. Jamie Nared – Tennessee
  24. Marie Gulich – Oregon State
  25. Jackie Kemph – St. Louis
  26. Andreona Keys – Purdue
  27. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M

SOPHOMORES

  1. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  2. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  3. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  4. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  5. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  6. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  7. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  8. Asia Durr – Louisville
  9. Teniya Page – Penn State
  10. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  11. Kennedy Burke – UCLA
  12. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  13. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  14. Kristine Anigwe – California
  15. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  16. Taylor Murray – Kentucky
  17. Kyra Lambert – Duke
  18. Jessica Shepard – Nebraska

FRESHMEN

  1. Kysre Gondrezick – Michigan
  2. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  3. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  4. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  5. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  6. Erin Boley – Notre Dame
  7. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  8. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  9. Leaonna Odom – Duke

Women’s College Basketball Player Weekly Rankings – Week 15! Class by Class!

What a week. So many upsets. All of the upsets led to major shifts in the rankings, and some players benefited while others did not. Top teams fell, other teams climbed up and now the player rankings moved quite a bit. Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Feb. 13th to the 19th.

Note: *Before we jump into Week 15 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well from week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears the confusion*

If you want to check out the previous week rankings, you may do so here. If you have any questions, check out my FAQ page here. Comments? Leave them in my comment section or contact me via Twitter at @whoopsblogger

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  3. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  4. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  5. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  6. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  7. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State
  8. Nina Davis – Baylor
  9. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  10. Lindsay Allen – Notre Dame
  11. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  12. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  13. Erica McCall – Stanford
  14. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  15. Evelyn Akahator – Kentucky
  16. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  17. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  18. Ally Disterhoft – Iowa
  19. Leslie Vorpahl – Tulane
  20. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  21. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  22. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  23. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  24. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  25. Oderah Chidom – Duke
  26. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  27. Feyonda Fitzgerald – Temple
  28. Marqu’es Webb – Vanderbilt
  29. Precious Hall – James Madison
  30. Lanay Montgomery – West Virginia
  31. Breanna Lewis – Kansas State
  32. Miah Spencer – NC State
  33. Ashley Morrissette – Purdue
  34. Kendall Noble – Western Kentucky
  35. Elin Gustavsson – Colorado State
  36. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State

JUNIORS

  1. Monique Billings – UCLA
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  3. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  4. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  5. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  6. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  7. Lexie Brown – Duke
  8. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  9. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  10. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  11. Aerial Atkins – Texas
  12. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  13. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  14. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  15. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  16. Cierra Porter – Missouri
  17. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  18. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  19. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  20. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  21. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  22. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota
  23. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  2. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  3. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  4. Asia Durr – Louisville
  5. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  6. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  7. Kennisha Bell – Minnesota
  8. Teniya Page – Penn State
  9. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  10. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
  11. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  12. Sierra Calhoun – Ohio State
  13. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  14. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
  15. Paris Kea – North Carolina
  16. Erika Davenport – Marquette
  17. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  18. Jill Barta – Gonzaga

FRESHMEN

  1. Minyon Moore – Southern California
  2. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  3. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  4. Tori McCoy – Ohio State
  5. Tayrn McCutcheon – Michigan State
  6. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  7. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  8. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  9. Nancy Mulkey – Oklahoma

Women’s College Basketball Player Weekly Rankings – Week 14! Class by Class!

There are only three weeks left of regular season college basketball left and that means that it’s crunch time for teams to get ready for conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament. Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Feb. 6th to Feb. 12th.

Note: *Before we jump into Week 14 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well from week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears the confusion*

If you would like to check out the previous week, you can check them out here. If you have any questions, you can check out my FAQ page here. If you have any comments, leave them in my comment section or contact me via Twitter at @whoopsblogger

 

SENIORS

  1. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  2. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  3. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  4. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  5. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  6. Alexis Jones – Baylor
  7. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State
  8. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  9. Lindsay Allen – Notre Dame
  10. Alexis Prince – Baylor
  11. Evelyn Akahtor – Kentucky
  12. Makayla Epps – Kentucky
  13. Ivey Slaughter – Florida State
  14. Erica McCall – Stanford
  15. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  16. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  17. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  18. Precious Hall – James Madison
  19. Ally Disterhoft – Iowa
  20. Miah Spencer  – NC State
  21. Dominique Wilson – NC State
  22. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  23. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  24. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  25. Brittany Brown – Florida State
  26. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  27. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  28. Shayla Cooper – Ohio State
  29. Jessica Thomas – Miami
  30. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay
  31. Jackie Kemph – Saint Louis
  32. Courtney Jaco – Southern California
  33. Saniya Chong – Connecticut
  34. Breanna Lewis – Kansas State
  35. Feyonda Fitzgerald – Temple
  36. Kiara Kudron – Gonzaga

JUNIORS

  1. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  3. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  4. Aerial Atkins – Texas
  5. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  6. Monique Billings – UCLA
  7. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  8. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  9. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  10. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  11. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  12. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  13. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  14. Lexie Brown – Duke
  15. Kia Nurse – Connecticut
  16. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  17. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  18. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  19. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  20. Chatrice White – Florida State
  21. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  22. Kaela Davis – South Carolina
  23. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  24. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  25. Cierra Porter – Missouri
  26. Marie Gulich – Oregon State
  27. Roshunda Johnson – Mississippi State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  2. Asia Durr – Louisville
  3. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  4. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  5. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  6. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  7. Tynice Martin – West Virginia
  8. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
  9. Teniya Page – Penn State
  10. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  11. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  12. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  13. Kristine Anigwe – California
  14. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  15. Erika Davenport – Marquette
  16. Sierra Calhoun –  Ohio State
  17. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  18. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado

FRESHMEN

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  3. Kysre Gondrezick – Michigan
  4. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  5. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  6. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  7. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  8. Destiny Slocum – Maryland
  9. Leaonna Odom – Duke

Frustrations on getting WNBA access + getting the real stories

Read the title. This has always been a problem but it’s starting to rear it’s ugly head so much so that I thought I would I write a blog post about it.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a women’s basketball blogger who blogs on things regarding the women’s basketball world, etc. I also write articles (just not as often) on various websites. No, I’m not an official reporter for any major news outlet. No, I don’t always get the major scoop on WNBA access. That’s all on my own time and research and by reaching out.

For those asking, why I’m writing this blog post it’s because enough is enough. I’m tired of reading fluff WNBA articles on players, or not getting the full truth of the story. I’m tired of players being constantly compared to men’s basketball players. I’m tired of people giving major coverage to one player, but not to the others. I’m also tired of having to jump through hoops to get coverage or interviews. I get that the women’s basketball world is not a major sport and that it is a niche sport at the moment, but how are we supposed to grow the sport when there is limited access and availability in the first place?

For once, I just want to be able to read the full story or an investigative piece on why a WNBA team is falling apart or getting the full details of players contract (the length, years, money) and being fully able to report it. I want to be able to send an email and get a quick, timely response so that I can write the story. I’m tired of all of it and you should be too.

It’s time for all of that to stop. But the question is, how are we going to do just that?

To tell you the truth, I don’t know. But it has to STOP. It has to.

Until next time,

Peace

Aneela