I t looks like senior Blake Dietrick will be given the chance to continue pursuing her dreams of a WNBA career.
Dietrick, a standout guard for the Princeton Tigers, has received a training camp contract from the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. In her senior season, Dietrick led the Tigers in scoring at 15 points per game, in addition to 4.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. She led this year’s Princeton team to the best regular season record Ivy League basketball has ever seen: a perfect 30 - 0.
She certainly didn’t go unrecognized for her amazing feats at Princeton. Dietrick was named to the All-Ivy First Team in her junior and senior years. Moreover, she ended her senior campaign as the unanimously selected Ivy League Player of the Year. Dietrick ended her career as a Tiger with a 26-point outburst in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament against the University of Maryland, a No. 1 seed that made it to the Final Four.
Soon after the tournament ended, Dietrick declared her intentions of entering the WNBA draft and pursuing a professional basketball career. While she was not picked in the drafton Thursdayevening, competing in the Mystics’ training camp gives her the opportunity to earn a spot on the roster when the Mystics kick off their season onJune 5. Prior to this, the Mystics will compete in three preseason gamesin late May.
Like Dietrick, this Mystics team had a strong season before bowing out in the playoffs. The team finished third in the Eastern Conference in the 2014 season before getting swept by the Indiana Fever.
While Dietrick may not be guaranteed a spot on the roster yet, it appears some of her key strengths could go a long way in helping the Mystics. The team found itself in the bottom half of the league for both three-point shooting and were around the middle in assists throughout the 2014 regular season. Dietrick is an expert in these fields. She earned the fifth highest single season assist total in league history, and put up a 41 percent three-point shooter through her senior season.