Q&A with Lynx Rookie Guard Monica Wright

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The Minnesota Lynx kicked off their 12th training camp on Sunday with a lot to be excited about. Although that enthusiasm was dampened a bit when news broke that Seimone Augustus (benign abdominal cysts) and Candice Wiggins (arthroscopic knee surgery) could miss the season’s first month, there is still plenty of reason for optimism.

Minnesota icon Lindsay Whalen returns home for the 2010 season, All Stars Charde Houston and Nicky Anosike are back and ACC Player of the Year Monica Wright – the No. 2 overall selection in this month’s draft – gears up for her rookie campaign.

Wright, the University of Virginia’s all time leading scorer, averaged 23.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game during her senior season. The 5-11 guard took some time out to chat following Tuesday’s practice.

DZ: You’ve been in training camp a few days now, what are your impressions so far?

WRIGHT: Everything has been very instructional, I am learning so much. I am excited about the players who are going to be coming back overseas and injuries, but at the same time, I am just enjoying the experience.

DZ: Have you had a chance to check out the city – the area – at all?

WRIGHT: Not really, I am looking forward to that too. I think we have a function on Sunday and I am looking forward to seeing the Mall of America. So far the scenery is just beautiful, the city is so pretty – it’s awesome. It’s not like New York where there is trash everywhere. It’s very clean, it’s very awesome.

DZ: You’ve had a pretty eventful few months here – from college, your senior season, then the tournament and then the draft. Now you are here; has all of that really set in yet?

WRIGHT: I am just trying to take it one day at a time. I don’t try to look to forward into the future and don’t dwell in the past. Taking it day-by-day is what helps me not stress about things, but yet it has been eventful and – at the same time – I am just glad that I am finally here.

DZ: The team got some bad news the other day with Candice (Wiggins) and Seimone (Augustus) being out to start the season, but at same time, that’s a good opportunity for you to get some more playing time, maybe establish a role. How are you approaching that?

WRIGHT: Whatever the coach needs me to do; I am here to do it. I am not sure what the playing time situation is going to be like, but I am sure with them out we’re going to have to step up until they get back and wherever the coach needs me, that’s where I’ll be.

DZ: I read a little about you and it sounds like you had a brother, Gerard, who is 9 years older; it sounds like he really played a role in pushing you and making you more competitive.

WRIGHT: Yes, obviously I am like a baby trying to follow an 8 or 9-year-old around and that, I guess, helped me advance. He was around a lot when I was younger, but I was really little when he was in high school. He is still around, still supports me. I spent most of the time with my parents because he was gone out of the house in college already. So it was mostly my dad who took me to most of my sporting events, made sure I got there to all the AAU games and everything.

DZ: You were known as a great scorer in college, but could you talk a little about your defense – that’s something you’ve won some awards for as well?

WRIGHT: Definitely. Defense is something that I prided myself on. I kind of came into the scoring role a little later in college. I just want to make sure I play great defense while I am here and help the team out in playing team defense. I am learning Coach Reeve’s strategy defensively and I am loving it (laughs).

DZ: One last thing, is there any player you are really looking forward to playing against in the WNBA?

WRIGHT: There are so many great players that I watched when I was growing up and they were in college. I am just looking forward to being in the league and playing against great competition every day. Every team has an all star.

2 Responses to “Q&A with Lynx Rookie Guard Monica Wright”

  1. Kylie Batt Says:

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    Это просто отличная мысль…

    и вопросам Minnesota icon […….

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