Oklahoma State senior Jennifer Crow was one of 107 players invited to the WNBA 2000 Pre-Draft Camp last weekend at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. The Pre-Draft Camp offered WNBA coaches and general managers the opportunity to evaluate the skills of prospective players in advance of the annual Draft on April 25.
This year's camp included college seniors, veterans with prior professional experience and international players. In addition, approximately 25 players who were eligible to be selected in the 1999 WNBA Draft participated in the 2000 Pre-Draft Camp. These players will not be eligible for the 2000 WNBA Draft and will be assigned to teams following the Draft.
"It was very exciting, but very tiring as well," said Crow from her hotel late Saturday night. "We played full-court games for five hours each night (Friday and Saturday), and that will really tire you out."
Several other Big 12 players joined Crow at the combine, including Oklahoma's Phylesha Whaley, Iowa State's Stacy Frese, Nebraska's Nicole Kubik, and Texas Tech's Aleah Johnson and Keitha Dickerson. Texas' Edwina Brown suffered a broken hand prior to the camp, and came only for the physicals.
"I thought Jen played really well," said Coach Dick Halterman, who joined Crow in Chicago. "She shot well. At a lot of camps, you don't get a lot of opportunities to shoot, and she got three or four shots a game. She did an exceptional job of shooting the ball."
"With 107 kids playing games, its tough (for the coaches) to evaluate all of them," continued Halterman. "Nobody stood out, but nobody looked bad. Jennifer played well defensively, and was just solid all around."