Canadian Amanda Brown drafted to WNBA
TORONTO (WNBA) - Canadian Senior Women's National Team player Amanda Brown was drafted 38th overall in the third round of the WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks yesterday afternoon. Brown is the 8th Canadian to be selected in the WNBA Draft since the league's inaugural draft in 1997.
Brown has been a member of Canada's Senior Women's National Team for the past three years averaging over 10 points and 5 rebounds per game. Brown was also an integral part of Canada's Senior Women's National team that finished 10th at the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
"I'm so excited and happy right now, this is such an honour for me. I have worked so hard to get to this point and I couldn't have imagined this feeling being any better. I know this is a great opportunity for me to showcase my game on the highest level possible," Brown said.
On Brown, Senior Women's National Team Head Coach Allison McNeill commented "She has been a pleasure to coach for the past 3 years on our National Team and we are all very proud of this accomplishment. We take some pride in knowing that we helped her along in her development and we are excited to see her continued development on both the professional and international levels."
Brown was an All-Big Ten first team selection this year for the Penn State Lady Lions (NCAA) and was second on the team in scoring (14.2 points per game), which was eighth in the Big Ten. She was also third in the league in field goal percentage (.593) and fifth in blocked shots (1.55).
Brown will attend the Los Angeles Spark's rookie camp April 19th to 21st and training camp starting April 22nd. From this two week camp the roster will be selected for the start of exhibition play on May 8th.
Canada's Senior Women's National Team will be vying to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, Olympic Qualifier in Valdivia, Chile from September 26-30th.
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