I wanted to write in with a quick note. See, I gotta give some love to my Rutgers girls. Yeah, they came up a little short against UConn on Tuesday, but they did well. I know it’s frustrating for them now and I feel bad for them, but losses like this happen.
And I’m more than confident that this year’s seniors — Matee and Essence — will be great at the next level. You saw the game, right? What do you think of ‘em? They’ll both be HUGE steals in the draft next week, because they both know the game really well.
A lot of that can be attributed to Coach Stringer. Whereas most coaches teach their specific systems, Coach Stringer teaches BASKETBALL. It helped me so much when I joined the WNBA… I honestly felt like I was way ahead and more advanced in my understanding of the game than most all of the other rookies.
Essence will probably be a 2 or 3 in the WNBA, while Matee will probably be a 1 or 2, but man… I would love it if either of them… or BOTH! … came to the Mercury. Essence’s size would probably be more helpful, but I’d happily take either.
So in summation, I just want to say to all of the Rutgers coaches and players out there… I’m proud of everything you accomplished this year. It’s obviously a letdown not to come home with an NCAA title, but you’re building toward next year and another great group of players coming in.
And for Matee and Essence? I know you’ll both be great pros and I can’t wait to see you on the floor. You’ll understand soon why I say you’re prepared for this level. Now go out there and take no prisoners!
Oh, if you’re interested, I’m still in Turkey and the Turkish Cup tips off today and will hopefully last through Sunday… well, if we win today. I have faith! Wish us luck and I’ll check back soon!