Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Be on standby and alert...all you air traffic controllers in Atlanta. There is an Angel flying high around the Peach state airspace and she's ready to take her Atlanta Dream team to new heights in the upcoming WNBA season.
McCoughtry, the rookie of the year last season in the WNBA, is going thru preseason drills along with her Atlanta Dream teammates. Spending several months in the EuroLeague, Angel and Candice Dupree led the Good Angels Kosice team to the league to the playoffs...the first appereance ever in post-season play for the Slovakian team. The experience gained there and performance by McCoughtry indicates that the UofL grad is fully comfortable playing at the next level and that should be a cause of concern for the rest of the league.
The Dream made it to the WNBA playoffs last year, thanks to McCoughtry's efforts. Headed into their third year of existance, Atlanta returns plenty of talent beside McCoughtry. Chamique Holdsclaw, Sancho Lyttle, Iziane Castro Marquez, Erica de Souza and twins Coco and Kelly Miller are on the preseason roster. 6'7" Duke standout Alison Bales is vying for a spot, also...along with fellow rookies Brittiany Raven (Texas) and Shawn Goff (Mississippi).
Fly high this WNBA season, Angel. Wouldn't it be nice to see a WNBA franchise develop in the new Yummy Center downtown?
Cardinal Caravan kicks off the 2010 tour with a visit to Owensboro Wednesday afternoon. They'll be in Louisville Thursday. The Cardinal coaches event returns after a one year hiatus and will also make stops in southern Indiana, northern Kentucky and Shelbyville.
Missed the event last year, as I'm sure many of you did. Good things come to those who wait, though. Hearing Charlie Strong instead of Steve Kragthorpe. Oh, yeah...that's the ticket. Hopefully Cardinal women's basketball coach Jeff Walz will have a few of the Lady Cards there this year as he did last time the Caravan set down at Captain's Quarters. It was there just two years ago that a cocky and confident young guard named Dez Byrd told me the she would, without a doubt, be the Cards starting point guard and Angel McCoughtry assured me that it was her senior year wish to take the Cards deep in the NCAA Tournament. Both comments turned out to be right on line.
Written by Paul