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EuroBasket Women 2013: WNBA star Katie Smith shares views on the European women basketball level - Jun 15, 2013

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Some young European talents should be carefully watched by WNBA scouts during the EuroBasket Women 2013: players like Ukraine's Alina Iogupova (FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year) whose selection in the 2013 WNBA draft by the LA Sparks was eventually voided, Olcay Cakir of Turkey, Diandra Tchatchouang of France, natural Serbian scorer Ana Dabovic, Spanish playmaker Queralt Casas of Rivas Ecopolis, etc.

To talk about how WNBA players, staff and observers consider the main European event for women's basketball national teams, we have had the chance to get a short interview with experienced New York Liberty's guard Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.). The US basketball star was NCAA Champion with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1993 and twice WNBA Champion with the Detroit Shock in 2006 and 2008. Smith is also a five-time WNBA All Star, three-time Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion. Moreover, Katie Smith played two seasons in FIBA EuroLeague in the past: with Lotos Clima Gdynia of Poland in 2001-02 and with Fenerbahce Istanbul of Turkey in 2009-2010.

Here is the full interview with the American women professional basketball champion:

Bert Larsimont ( Katie, as a player you've taken part in the Olympics, the Worlds and the EuroLeague in the past and you know the main European women basketball competitions pretty well. How would you consider the European women basketball level nowadays?

Katie Smith (New York Liberty - WNBA): I think that European women's basketball is constantly improving. With players coming to the States to play in the WNBA and with Americans coming to Europe to compete, we both learn from each other and that helps us all improve.

BL: Is the EuroBasket Women tournament considered/seen as a big event among WNBA players, observers and scouts? Will WNBA franchise owners have a close look at the new talents who could be revealed at the EuroBasket 2013 to be held later this month?

KS: I think the tournament is seen as a big event especially because it is so competitive. You have a lot of very good teams battling to be number one. Coaches and scouts constantly watch players from overseas and especially the young players who are starting to make a name for themselves. Plus many American players know a lot of the players in Europe and play in these countries so they enjoy watching their friends and teammates play.

BL: Despite the start of the WNBA season overseas, are you going to follow the main women's national team competition organized by FIBA Europe (via the media/internet)?

KS: I will probably see the scores but I won't be watching very closely besides that.

BL: What would be your favourite teams in the next European tournament?

KS: I think some of the top teams are France, Turkey, Spain, Russia and Czech Republic. It will be very competitive.

BL: Do you plan to come back to Europe, either to play or coach in the future?

KS: I will be retiring from playing after this WNBA season and would like to coach. Therefore, if a coaching job came open and they were interested, I would definitely consider it.

BL: How will next summer be planned for you, what's on your agenda (WNBA, projects, business and on the side)? Anything you can share with the readers?

KS: As I said I am retiring after this season. I would like to coach so I am looking at options there. I am also currently in graduate school at Ohio State University to become a Registered Dietitian. So I would like to use my degree with coaching to emphasis nutrition on performance and health.   

Sparks welcome back Jackson - 27 days ago
TIFFANY JACKSON Los Angeles Sparks inked 32-year old power forward Tiffany Jackson (191-84kg-85, college: Texas). It is actually her comeback to Sparks as she has played here before. Jackson plays currently at Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli D1 league. In 19 games she averages impressive 15.1ppg, 10.9rpg and 3.2apg this season. She was also selected League Player of the Week. The last summer Jackson played at Sparks. But in 23 WNBA games she had just 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg. In 2007 New York Liberty...   [read more]
Indiana Fever sign European sharp shooter Hind Ben Abdelkader - 1 month ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Belgian combo guard Hind Ben Abdelkader has signed a free agent contract to join the Indiana Fever, it was announced today by Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. A native of Brussels, Belgium, Ben Abdelkader has been a star on the European scene since she was a teenager and attended the University of California as a freshman in 2013-14. She returned to Europe, however, and has blossomed at every level of international, FIBA and domestic league action. The high-sc...   [read more]

Dantas re-signs at Dream - 1 month ago
DAMIRIS DANTAS Atlanta Dream confirmed in their roster experienced 40-year old Brazilian ex-international center Damiris Dantas (191-92kg-78). She has played there for the last two seasons. In 33 WNBA games she had 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg last season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dantas' team made it to the Brazilian LBF Semifinals in 2011, 2014 and 2015. She was also voted All-Brazilian LBF Honorable Mention back in 2015. Dantas represented B...   [read more]

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