Nicole Seekamp isn’t quite ready for her basketball career to be over.
For the University of South Dakota senior, it’s just a matter of what the next step will be.
Will she be taken in tonight’s (Thursday) WNBA Draft? Or will see have to wait to see what overseas opportunities present themselves?
Seekamp’s professional prospects were already rather solidified a month ago, but she then helped guide the Coyote women to the WNIT championship a week and a half ago.
And she’s not about to stop.
“I for sure want to keep playing,” Seekamp said Wednesday.
“I’m still in that game mode, I guess. I want to keep that going.”
The 5-foot-10 guard from Australia, who signed with an agent after the WNIT, will watch tonight’s WNBA Draft from Vermillion. The 3-round, 36-pick draft will be held in Connecticut, and the first round will be televised by ESPN2, with the final two rounds shifting to ESPNU.
As far as her chances to be taken are concerned, Seekamp’s named has popped up in at least one mock draft – Excelle Sports has Seekamp being taken No. 24 overall, in the second round. Another mock draft, from DraftSite, has Seekamp going undrafted.
So there’s at least a pretty good shot Seekamp gets a phone call with some good news.
“You find out like 20 seconds before, so that doesn’t give me much warning,” she said. “I have to wait and see what happens.”
Seekamp signed with Sports International Group, Inc. (SIG), which manages clients looking to play in the WNBA or overseas.
Her agent told her there would be a fairly good chance that if Seekamp doesn’t get drafted, she could sign with a team as a free agent, Seekamp said.
“That’s the plan of attack,” she said. “There’s really not much downside.”
If she does get drafted, though, she would become the second South Dakota women’s player to do so – Megan Vogel (South Dakota State) was drafted in 2007.
Seekamp is up against some big names, though.
UConn, the four-time defending national champion, could have three draft picks, highlighted by Breanna Stewart who is the probable No. 1 selection. Another likely draft pick is Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, who Seekamp and the Coyotes beat in the WNIT.
If the WNBA isn’t an option for Seekamp, though, she’ll likely have other opportunities. But she’d have to wait.
She said overseas teams wouldn’t begin their seasons until September or October.
“I’d definitely consider that,” Seekamp said.
Another option could be returning home to play in Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL), she said.
Seekamp, who finished her USD career ranked second all-time in points (2,056), assists (628) and steals (265), just wants an opportunity. Whatever and wherever it is.
“I don’t want to relax,” she said, with a chuckle.
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