Posts Tagged ‘ Courtney Vandersloot ’

Chicago Sky guard Canty to miss at least three weeks

June 23, 2011 1:40pm
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Dominique Canty is undergoing surgery on her left knee according to Christopher Hine of the Chicago Tribune. Canty started the first game of season at PG for the Sky, but has since come off the bench.

“She is a valuable leader on the court, and our younger, more inexperienced players will need to mature quickly for us to compete against the best of the Eastern Conference”, said coach Chatman.

Expect Rookie Courtney Vandersloot to play more minutes with her back-up sidelined for at least three weeks.

Chicago Sky assistant coach Christie Sides chats with Hoops Insider

June 2, 2011 12:08pm
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Christie Sides is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky. She follows head coach Pokey Chatman from Russia, where as an assistant coach Sides helped lead Spartak Moscow to the FIBA EuroLeague Championships in both 2008 and 2009. With eight years of coaching experience, between the college, professional and international levels, coach Sides chats with us about the impact of Epiphanny Prince, the inside presence of Big Syl, and what we can expect from this new Chicago coaching staff.

 

HI: How has Sylvia Fowles looked in the preseason?  Has her play continued to improve?

CS: You can always count on Sylvia to come out and practice each day at a high level of intensity. She has spent a lot of time during training camp before and after sessions working on basic fundamentals around the basket and also her free throws. Sylvia wants to be coached and wants to learn new things….when you put that and her work ethic together you can’t but help better yourself. Scary thing is she still has so much room to grow!!!

 

HI: Talent in the league has consolidated and more teams have tried to emulate the style of play of the Mercury in recent years. This has resulted in a significant increase in scoring over the past two seasons. Where do you feel this Sky team will fall amongst this trend?

CS: The Phoenix Mercury can flat out put some points on the board…I hope we fall right in line with this trend and are able to put up points like they do.

 

HI: It appears that #3 pick Courtney Vandersloot is the most notable roster addition to the team.  What type of impact are you expecting from her this season?

CS: With all rookies, you have to expect there are going to be growing pains due to the speed and physical play at the pro level. Courtney has worked really hard since day 1 and has been like a sponge…taking in everything from coaches and veteran players.

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To the point, Part 5 (Chicago Sky)

May 27, 2011 7:20am
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A perennial lottery team, the Chicago Sky brought in a new coach/GM in former LSU head coach Pokey Chatman. Chatman, who had spent the previous two years coaching Euroleague giant Spartak, brings with her valuable professional basketball knowledge (she is a WNBA novice). That said, Pokey continued the draft trend set by her predecessor (Steven Key) by selecting a point guard prospect with the team’s lottery pick. Courtney Vandersloot, the darling of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, is the only player in college basketball history to record 2000 points and 1000 assists. The highly-decorated PG is the latest highly-decorated PG prospect to be drafted by the Sky, as the team selected Maryland’s Kristi Toliver (2006 NCAA champion and 2009 ACC POY) in 2009 with its lottery pick and Epiphanny Prince (3rd team AA in 2009; played in Turkey in lieu of senior season) in 2010. Toliver was traded after one season to the LA Sparks while Prince, who did not look comfortable playing PG for the first time in her career, slides over to SG this season. It should be noted that neither Toliver nor Prince started a game at PG for the Sky.

Will that trend continue in Chicago? Seems unlikely, as the new coaching staff has a vested interest in having the three-time WCC POY start at lead guard sooner rather than later (and you would, too, if your only alternative–Dominique Canty–has not been able to lead this team to the playoffs and isn’t a true PG herself). But patience has to be exercised by the fans and the coaching staff with respect to Vandersloot’s development, as evidenced by her up and down performances this week in her first taste of WNBA action. While she’s not the next Sue Bird, it doesn’t mean that Vandersloot isn’t a valuable asset to the Sky. Like most valuable assets, however, she needs time to mature. In saying that, it would make sense for the Sky to continue to start Canty at the PG position and ease Vandersloot in as her play warrants more minutes.

WNBA will feel immediate impact from this year’s draft

April 12, 2011 11:00am
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By adding the No. 1 overall draft pick in Maya Moore, the Minnesota Lynx will be expected to be a contender immediately.

Basketball is unique among team sports because of the impact a single player can make. While you have star players across the entire spectrum of sports, in basketball an impact player’s presence can be felt on each and every possession. While we anticipate the start of the new WNBA season, let’s take a look at yesterday’s top 5 draft picks, whose impact should be felt immediately this upcoming season.

1. Maya Moore F (UConn): Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Moore transitions to the WNBA as possibly the greatest collegiate player ever. She ends her career at UConn with 150 wins and 2 national titles. Moore was only the collegiate player on the national team that won a world championship, and is expected to continue as an impact player with the national squad. She is expected to turn the Lynx into contender almost instantly.  While expectations for Minnesota and Moore are very high, there is every reason to believe the hype is warranted.

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