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Ace Konig gets her WNBA shot in Washington Mystics camp

Strong play in Europe landed her the opportunity.

2021 Washinton Mystics Media Day Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Ace Konig put this disappointment of going undrafted last year behind her and went on to have a really good season in Switzerland—good enough that it’s earned her a shot at making the Washington Mystics this spring.

Konig averaged 21.4 points per game in Europe while shooting better than 48% from the three-point line, and it’s that ability as a perimeter scorer that could be the reason why she sticks on a WNBA roster.

She’s one of the few Canadian-born players either in the league or nearabouts, so she’s been a story north of the border. Hayley McGoldrick of Sportsnet Canada wrote a piece on Ace this week, as did J.J. Adams of The Province in British Columbia. The latter sheds light on how difficult draft night was for Konig last year:

“I didn’t really have a plan; I’m just walking until I feel like that moment where I’m like, ‘OK, we can get going again.’ Eventually it just clicks. It’s, ‘We’re done. This is (the) past. What happens next?’ I walked home, turned my phone back on and I called my agent,” said Konig.

Training camp is underway, and WNBA preseason games will get started this weekend. WNBA teams have until May 13 to set their 12-player final rosters.