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

 

WNBA Free Agency 2017 – List of all the WNBA Free Agents

WNBA Free Agency is just around the corner and with that, it’s time to release the confirmed list of all the free agents for this year. Thanks to some good people and a little research, the list of free agents is listed below.  Enjoy!

UPDATE: I’ve added some names and details to some of the free agents. If I’m still missing names, let me know! Also, cored players are added as well.

CORE PLAYERS

Angel McCoughtry – Atlanta Dream

Dewanna Bonner – Phoenix Mercury

Camille Little – Connecticut

Tanisha Wright – New York

Crystal Langhorne – Seattle Storm

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Layshia Clarendon – Atlanta

Elena Delle Donne – Chicago

Alex Bentley – Connecticut

Kelly Faris – Connecticut

Sugar Rodgers – New York

Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury

Skylar Diggins – Dallas Wings (signed an extension till 2019)

Emma Messeman – Washington Mystics (signed an extension until 2019)

Kelsey Bone – Phoenix Mercury

Kayla Alexander – San Antonio Stars

Sydney Colson – San Antonio Stars

Vicki Baugh – San Antonio Stars

Tayler Hill – Washington Mystics

Tierra Ruffin Pratt – Washington Mystics

Tianna Hawkins – Washington Mystics

RESERVED PLAYERS

Meighan Simmons – Atlanta

Clarissa Dos Santos – Chicago

Tiffany Bias – Dallas

Erica Wheeler – Indiana

Ana Dabovic – Los Angeles

Jelena Dubliljev – Los Angeles

Katerina Elhotova – Minnesota

Temi Fagbenle – Minnesota

Keisha Hampton – Minnesota

Rachael Jarry – Minnesota

Anna Cruz – Minnesota

Rebecca Allen – New York

Olcay Cakir – New York

Sonja Petrovic – Phoenix

Marta Xargay – Phoenix

Haley Peters – San Antonio

Abby Bishop – Seattle

Jamie Weisner – Washington

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Erika DeSouza – Chicago

Jasmine Thomas – Connecticut

Plenette Pierson – Dallas

Erlana Larkins – Indiana

Jeanette Pohlen – Indiana

Alana Beard – Los Angeles

Kristi Toliver – Los Angeles

Essence Carson – Los Angeles

Ann Wauters – Los Angeles

Sandrine Gruda – Los Angeles

Janel McCarville – Minnesota

Epiphanny Prince – New York – signed a multi year extension in September 2016

Mistie Bass – Phoenix

Krystal Thomas – Seattle

Monica Wright – Seattle

Leilani Mitchell – Washington

Asia Taylor – Connecticut