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Shegog waits for call from WNBA
BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH
Former Brooke Point High School star Chay Shegog could be selected in Monday afternoon’s WNBA draft. But she probably won’t know the results until it’s all over.
“I think I’ll be working out or playing pickup somewhere,” Shegog said. “It’s pretty nerve-racking, so I’d rather hear about it than watch it and be anxious the whole time.”
Shegog recently completed her senior season at North Carolina and she will graduate next month. This year she averaged 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels, earning second-team all- Atlantic Coast Conference recogni tion.
“I think I’m ready for [the WNBA],” Shegog said. “I think North Carolina has prepared me for it.”
Several WNBA mock drafts list Shegog as a likely second-round pick. The WNBA has just 12 teams, so that would put Shegog among the first 24 players selected. There are three rounds in the draft.
Shegog said several WNBA teams contacted North Caro lina’s coaching staff about her, including the Washington Mystics and the Minnesota Lynx.
“We’re all excited and we’re hoping she does get drafted,” said Shegog’s mother, Theresa. “Just the opportunity, or even thinking about playing at that level is really exciting.”
Shegog’s senior year came at just the right time, as the three top players in women’s bas ketball this season—Baylor’s Brittany Griner, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne—are all ju niors.
Since the WNBA season lasts just 34 games, most players also play overseas during the offseason. Shegog said she hopes to play internationally as well as in the WNBA.
Shegog said that friends of hers currently play in Israel, Ukraine and Croatia. She said she would like to play in Hungary, but she is keeping her options open.
“I just want the opportunity,” Shegog said.
Most of all, she would like to secure a WNBA contract. She said that in recent weeks she has been working out at North Carolina with a group of current and former Tar Heels.
And that is probably what she will be doing today when the draft begins. But her family will be watching closely on ESPN, and Shegog plans to keep her cellphone nearby in case there is good news.
“Hopefully someone will be able to text her and tell her what’s going on,” Theresa Shegog said.
Shegog would like to coach bas ketball and teach at an elementary school when her professional career is over. She was a four-time Free Lance–Star player of the year at Brooke Point and she is still the Black–Hawks’ all-time leading scorer. Her younger brother, Antho ny, is a junior at North Stafford and recently committed to play football at Virginia Tech in 2013.
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