Wings of Dallas builds foundation in training camp
After withdrawing from the playoffs intermittently last year, the Dallas United team was refilled with new players and new optimism this season.
In addition to the three first-round draft picks, Dallas also has four other new players who can help ease the burden of last year’s rookie runner-up Arike Ogunbowale. The energetic defender leads the team with an average of 19.1 points per game, including two career highs of 35 points.
With her past professional playing experience in Germany, No. 2 show Satou Sabally (Satou Sabally) has been regarded as a ROY candidate. Bing Alarie, fifth in Wings, and Ty Harris, seventh in the draft, are also expected to be important contributors.
Point guard Moriah Jefferson (Moriah Jefferson) had to go off-season due to injury after being traded to Dallas. He will immediately provide relief to Ogunbowale, Ogunbowale Although he was a shooting guard last year, he still held a general position.
The wings also added fourth-year center/forward Astou Ndour and sophomores Katie Lou Samuelson and Marina Mabrey. ), they are all defenders.
Ogunbowale said: “We have young legs, there are young players ready to learn, we have some shooters, I like it.” “It clearly separated the floor for me, but they will be able to push it down at any time. Can be with everyone I am very excited to play together.”
Coach Brian Agler knows there is still work ahead, but is confident in a stable team.
Agler said: “The history of all professional sports proves that young teams don’t usually achieve high success.” “So our job is to try to keep everyone focused on staying steady, and working hard to solve problems and continuously improve. Daily situation.”
Sabali said she has been working hard to find different ways for herself, her drifters and jumpers. She has always been eager to learn at Agler’s training camp, which has won two WNBA titles with two different teams.
Sabari said: “Every time he commented on me, every time I adjusted my game, I wanted to absorb them all. “Because he has coached great players, so I want to become those who will eventually have One of the great players who won the championship one day. “
The team is young because Ndour and Thornton have the most league experience. Agler said that as they move forward, they will continue to rely on veterans.
He said: “In order for us to succeed this year, some of our young players, our first and second grade players must indeed move forward and do a lot of basketball games for us.”
This post is written by Arie Graham