Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tianna Hawkins Drafted #6 Overall in WNBA Draft; Tchatchouang #20

The Terrapins' Tianna Hawkins (2009-13) was drafted sixth overall in the WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm. Later in the draft, former Terp Diandra Tchatchouang (2009-11) was drafted twentieth overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars.

From the Seattle Storm's press release:
The Seattle Storm wanted more than just size when they went to the board in the WNBA Draft. Coach and general manager Brian Agler also wanted versatility.

He found both in Tianna Hawkins and made the 6-3 forward from Maryland the Storm’s first-round choice on Monday night. [...]

“She has a great work ethic and she gives us some size,” Agler said. “We like versatile post players and we feel like she’s the best one in the draft this year and even in next year’s draft in regards to her versatility.”

From the Seattle Times:
Tears streamed down Tianna Hawkins' face.

The forward out of Maryland spent nearly a week on ESPN's campus in Connecticut as part of the WNBA's predraft festivities, knowing she'd be among the 36 players selected. Yet she couldn't withhold her emotions when she heard her name as the sixth overall pick to the Seattle Storm.

"It's surreal," Hawkins said. "It really didn't hit me that I'm a real rookie until they called my name."

From the San Antonio Silver Stars press release:
A 6-2 forward from La Courneuve, France, Tchatchouang played one season at the University of Maryland in 2010, earning ACC All-Freshman Team recognition before being sidelined by a knee injury. She has since played professionally in France, most recently with Perpignan Basket, where she averaged 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game through 27 French League games in 2012-13. She was named to the French National Team following the 2012 Olympics.

From the University of Maryland Press Release:
"We are absolutely thrilled for Tianna for being drafted tonight," Terps head coach Brenda Frese said. "I've said all season long that Tianna is the most improved player I've ever coached and that comes from her hard work. I know she will have a great career because of her work ethic and passion for whatever she does."

Hawkins earned AP All-America Honorable Mention honors and made the All-ACC First Team this year. She finished her career No. 11 on Maryland's all-time scoring list with 1,595 points and No. 3 in rebounds with 1,086. [...]

Nine of head coach Brenda Frese's players at Maryland have been drafted by the WNBA and five were first round picks. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver went second and third overall in 2009, while Crystal Langhorne went sixth and Laura Harper was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft.

Former Terrapin Diandra Tchatchouang was drafted 20th overall (second round) by the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tchatchouang played at Maryland for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. She was named to the ACC All-Freshmen Team in 2010. The 6-3 forward from La Courneuve, France started in all 66 games in her two years in College Park and averaged 10.1 points per game and 5.2 boards per game. She tore her ACL in the Terps' NCAA Second Round loss to Georgetown in 2011 and returned home to France to recover.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Keith Booth Joins Loyola Men's Basketball Staff

After serving as an assistant for Loyola University's women's team for the past two seasons, Keith Booth (1993-97) has been named to the men's coaching staff for the upcoming season. The Baltimore Sun has the story:
Former Maryland basketball star and assistant coach Keith Booth, who has spent the past two years as an assistant women’s coach at Loyola, was added Tuesday to the men’s staff by newly named men’s head coach G.G. Smith. [...]

"Keith brings a broad understanding of not only Baltimore basketball and recruiting, but his experience as a player and coach at Maryland and player in the NBA will be huge benefits to our program.”