Two Tigers Awaiting Word on Beginning of Pro Careers on WNBA Draft Day
April 16, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - A pair of Tigers will keep an eye on the proceedings of the WNBA Draft today at 1 p.m. (CT). Jasmine Lee and Brittany Carter have done all their preliminary homework in preparation for the WNBA draft. Both attended the University of Memphis Agent Day back in December to learn how the process of finding an agent works, what agents offer their clients and specifically, how agents can help women's basketball players continue their playing careers once their time in the college spotlight has come and gone.
What might hurt the duo is that the WNBA draft is just three rounds for the 12 teams, meaning just 36 collegiate players will have their names called this afternoon. And with just 132 total spots available in the WNBA (12 teams with 11 roster spots), the duo has had to prepare multiple plans in order to ultimately make it back to the WNBA, including going overseas to continue to develop their games.
Should the pair not get one of the few WNBA roster spots, both are preparing for playing overseas. Professional teams overseas will begin assembling rosters late this summer and into the fall. Both players became a little more familiar with basketball overseas with the Tigers' tour of Italy back in August and both players have signed with an agency that has placed American players overseas.
The first round of the WNBA draft will air on ESPN2 today. The second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU and NBA TV.
The Tigers are fortunate to have a former WNBA GM at the head of their college program, as head coach Melissa McFerrin was the GM for the Washington Mystics. She talks below with Memphis Tiger Vision about how GMs see both Carter and Lee and about all the opportunities available to them to build their respective pro careers. Carter and Lee also talk below about their thoughts on the draft and what their plans on if they don't hear their names called on draft day.