Cassady, Chapman to Take Part in WNBA Pre-Draft Camp
April 9, 2002
Cassady, Chapman Looking For Spot in WNBA
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana University will be represented at the upcoming WNBA Pre-Draft Camp held at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago on April 12-13.
Point guard Heather Cassady and center Jill Chapman both earned invitations to the camp and are part of a group of more than 80 of the top collegiate players from around the country who will compete for spots in the league's draft, which will be held on April 19.
"I'm excited and antsy at the same time," Cassady said. "We have been getting ready ever since we got the invitation and Coach Bennett and all the other coaches have really been working us out, mainly with full-court type drills."
Cassady, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Tournament this past year after leading the Hoosiers to the conference championship, will look to be the first Indiana player under six feet tall to earn a spot in the WNBA.
As for Chapman, she will try to join Quacy Barnes in becoming the second Hoosier center in the last four years to be drafted by the league. Barnes currently is a member of the Seattle Storm.
"I'm looking forward to it because all the WNBA scouts and coaches will be there," Chapman said. "It is one last chance for us to show our stuff because the draft is only six days after the camp ends."
Chapman, a first-team all-Big Ten selection last year, concluded her career at Indiana ranked third on the school's career scoring chart with 1,865 points and second on the all-time rebounding list with 970 career boards. Chapman led the Big Ten with an average of 2.25 blocked shots per game last year.
As for Cassady, she became the first Hoosier ever to score over 1,300 career points and distribute over 400 career assists. The sure-handed Peoria, Ill., native led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio in conference play with a 2.46 mark.
Neither Cassady nor Chapman has yet signed with an agent, but both plan on doing so after the camp ends.
"I want to get out there and do something," Cassady said. "I am going to have fun, but at the same time, I'm there for business. I am going to be extremely focused and want to play as best as I can."