Monday, July 21, 2008

2008: Looking Ahead to the Off-Season



So what do we have to look forward to when the regular season ends? What will happen is that the 2008 Atlanta Dream will scatter to the winds, as each of the players on the Dream looks for jobs overseas.

Where will everyone go? We don't know. News from European women's basketball is sometimes spotty, due to the language barrier if nothing else. Most of the data below comes from the WNBA itself, when they listed where all of their players were playing overseas at the end of 2007. As far as I know, we know nothing for sure since the end of the European/Asian seasons.

Betty Lennox: KV Imperial AEL (Cyprus). From what I understand, KV Imperial finished 14-0 last year. (I'm only beginning to decipher the complexities of European professional basketball.) Lennox, however, is not listed on the team's current roster.

Ivory Latta: Elizur Holon (Israel). Latta is not listed on the team's current roster. Elizur Holon finished 8-13 in the Israel League last year. Ivory posted about her experiences in Israel on the WNBA Blog. More about her signing here.

Kasha Terry: Ramat Hen (Israel). Terry is not listed on the team's current roster. Ramat Hen finished 13-10 in the Israel League last year.

Kristin Haynie: Vilnius (Lithuania). Haynie is still listed on Vilnius's roster. Vilnius finished an amazing 25-1 last year, good for first place in the Lithuanian League.

Alison Bales: Dynamo Moscow (Russia). Bales is not listed on the team's current roster. In a Q & A session, Bales talked about playing in Russia.

Katie Feenstra: Shinsegae (South Korea). Feenstra is not listed on the team's current roster. My understanding is that each team on the Women's Korea Basketball League is allowed to have one foreign player. The Shinsegae Cool Cats finished at 9-20 last year, in last place.

Iziane Castro Marques: Hondarribia (Spain). Since I can't read the roster, I don't know if Izi is on it or not. Hondarriba finished 9-17 in the Spanish League last year.

Ann Strother: Acis Leon (Spain). Strother is not listed on the team's current roster. Acis Leon finished 18-8 in the Spanish League last year.

Erika de Souza: Ros Casares Valencia (Spain). Erika is not listed on the team's current roster. Ros Casares finished 23-3 last year, good for first place in the Spanish League.

Jennifer Lacy is listed as playing for "Miejski", which is supposedly a Polish club, on the WNBA website. The problem is that there is no club called "Miejski" in the Polish league. If I can get to the truth here, I will.

As for Chioma Nnamaka and Tamera Young, both are rookies. We don't know where they'll be playing after the season is over, but we'll definitely be letting you know when we find out.

3 comments:

Ethan said...

I checked the Hondarriba link you provided and it seemed pretty straightforward, as in, no mention of Izzy.

More hoop-jumping was required for the Shinsegae CoolCat site, and apparently Feenstra didn't play for them in the 2007-2008 season. Google translate says "this data does not exist" where her stats should be.

More Google translate fun: One section of the player profile page (linked) says that she came on board in 2006 "to replace his mercenaries."

Who is "he"?

Anonymous said...

Young is going to Spain

Anonymous said...

Young to Extrugasa Vilagarcia (Spain)