Let me first congratulate the State women's gymnastic team which received its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. Is this State's best athletic program?
I have written about Maryland's Alyssa Thomas before. Alyssa at six feet two inches is dominate in ACC women's basketball. She was a WBCA, WSBWA and AP All-American last year, and was last year's and this year's ACC player of the year.
I watched her play against Michigan State last night and was again amazed with her play. While she is not the point guard on the team, she directs the offense a majority of the time. Time and time again she goes basket to basket finishing with a bank shot or a pull up jump shot. She had 28 points against Michigan State.
Does anyone know of a power forward in men's basketball in the ACC who compares to Alyssa? I don't. Further, would it not be nice if State had a player who could drive to the basket and pull up for a jump shot as opposed to making a wild attempt for a bank shot. Here's looking at you Krystal Barrett. I know you can do it.
I will be watching UNC verses the Delaware Blue Hens tonight in the NCAA tournament hoping that six-five Elena Delle Donne can finish the TarHeels.
Elena was the number one player coming out of high school in 2008. She had attended a UNC basketball camp as a seventh grader. Hatchell offered her a scholarship. She said not. Yahoo! UCONN offered. She signed. Boo! She left after two days of summer school because she missed her sister Lizzie who has cerebal palsy. Yay in leaving UCONN for family! She signed with Delaware playing volleyball in 2008 and leading the team to the conference championship. The she moved to basketball.
Last year, Delle Donne was a WBCA, John Wooden, AP and USWBA All-American.
Delaware is hosting the TarHeels but will be wearing dark uniforms becasue they are the number six seed while the TarHeels are the number three seed. Go Blue Hens and go Delle Donne!