Despite rumors to the contrary, Kelsey Plum arrived in San Antonio as scheduled and talked with the media about what comes next.
On April 13, 2017, basketball legend Dawn Staley announced on live television that the San Antonio Stars selected Kelsey Plum as the number one overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. The whole WNBA community awaited an anticipated trade of that number one pick that never came. That number one pick is staying in San Antonio.
Kelsey Plum arrived in San Antonio yesterday and awoke to a fully packed day of media stops and interviews. Plum visited the Alamo, was treated to a very popular local Mexican food restaurant, and was even introduced to San Antonio Fiesta traditions, complete with a flower crown, fiesta medal, and a nice cascarón over her head. When asked what she thought about the city, the 5-foot-8 guard out of Washington said:
“I’m very excited about the sun. I haven’t seen it in four years!”.
Plum sat down for about 15 minutes in her already jam-packed day to talk with reporters and media, which included Shattered Backboard. I asked her what she would like to say to the very loyal and excited Stars fans, and she said:
“First of all, I’m really grateful for your guys’ support and love. I’ve been in San Antonio for less than a day and I can feel the excitement around it. And that’s really cool because that doesn’t happen all the time. And I’d also like to say, be prepared; it might take time, it might not. I don’t know I am very young at this. Just be patient with me, give me some grace but hopefully I will make you guys proud.”
The number one pick presented herself as a very excited, classy, and focused young woman, ready to do whatever it takes to achieve her goals. Plum said she had been dreaming of being drafted into the WNBA since she was 10 years old. Going number one overall has to be icing on top of that cake.
“It’s an honor… it’s so invigorating and exciting you know, that they believe and they have a vision and you’re a part of that vision. It’s just so exciting.”
— San Antonio Stars (@SAStars) April 21, 2017
Plum’s offensive abilities are undeniable, as she set the NCAA women’s record for career points at 3,527 and points in a season with 1,109 in the 2016-17 season. She ranks second all-time in NCAA history for career points and also broke 33 year old NCAA career free throw record by sinking 912. Plum has stated publicly, though that she wants to improve on her defense. When asked what she thought of the opportunity to come to a very defensive minded team under Coach Johnson, Kelsey said:
“It’s a challenge that I accept. As a player I am always looking for things to grow on. The type of style of defense they run is a team-oriented defense…. I am excited to be a part of it. I know there’s going to be growing pains but that’s what happens when you push yourself.”
There might have been some speculation that Plum was not going to be happy with her fit or expectations in San Antonio, but the Kelsey Plum interviewed today seemed very excited for her future in silver and black. When asked about Stars head coach Vickie Johnson and if she felt comfortable playing off the ball as more of a shooting guard, Plum said:
“Her expectations are very clear and she is going to be really hard on me and I’m excited about it.
“Look, I’m going do whatever coach needs me to do. So yeah, I don’t think there is necessarily positions here, I think its just, were going to play, we’re going to roll out the ball and play.”
In closing, Plum ended the interview on a very positive note
“I know that they’re excited to have me here, I’m excited to be here and there’s nothing but good that can come out of it.”
As for Stars fans, it is safe to say good things are coming to the AT&T center this season and maybe for many more years to come.