Of the entire neatly needs Jade Melbourne gained after being drafted into the WNBA via Seattle Storm, one from a mythical long term teammate supposed greater than every other.
From Traralgon by way of Canberra, Melbourne is certain for Seattle, Victorian basketball big name Jade
Melbourne this is.
The 19-year-old, who received a bronze medal with the Opals eventually yr’s FIBA Asia Cup and has performed the remaining two WNBL seasons for Canberra, was once decided on via the Seattle Storm with pick out 33 in Tuesday’s WNBA draft.
The 178cm guard will sign up for fellow Aussies Ezi Magbegor and Steph Talbot on the group which has a proud historical past of recruiting Australians and retired Lauren Jackson’s well-known No.15 singlet in 2016.
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Melbourne watched the draft with friends and family at her circle of relatives’s Gippsland resort, The Crown.
“They don’t announce the third round on TV so all of a sudden we saw my name appear on the screen and we all screamed and celebrated,” she mentioned.
“I’ve had two goals ever since I was a little and they were to play for the Opals and be drafted to the WNBA. It’s just the beginning, but I guess I’ve done alright.”
Melbourne’s telephone went into overdrive with neatly needs following the draft, the spotlight got here courtesy of one of the crucial perfect avid gamers to ever play the sport, five-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA celebrity Sue Bird.
“Sue Bird just mentioned me in her Instagram story, I was fan girling,” Melbourne laughed.
“It’s hard to believe I’ve been drafted to the team she’s won four championships with and been a legend for.”
Canberra trainer Paul Goriss, who will likely be an assistant trainer at Atlanta Dream this WNBA season, says Melbourne is considered one of Australian basketball’s brightest stars.
“Jade is quick, athletic and talented. She likes to play in transition, which suits the WNBA’s style of game,” he mentioned.
“Seattle gets someone that will come in, work hard and soak up all the learning. She genuinely loves the game, comes to practice with a smile on her face every day. They get a great person and a kid who will come in and be a great teammate.”
Perth ahead Amy Atwell, who attended the University of Hawaii and was once named Big West participant of yr, was once decided on via Los Angeles Sparks with pick out 27.