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The Daily Swish: Sunday basketball links

Here are some WNBA and NCAA links for your Sunday morning.

One of our writers likes Jelena Milovanovic's play during the FIBA World Championships, and believes it could translate to the Mystics' 2015 season.
One of our writers likes Jelena Milovanovic's play during the FIBA World Championships, and believes it could translate to the Mystics' 2015 season.
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It's Sunday, and it's the final day of the FIBA World Championships. But there are some more links from throughout the WNBA, college, and more. Let's get right to them:

WNBA

Robin Roberts interviews San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon for espnW - The interview chronicles Hammon's pro career as a player, and her transition now into coaching.

Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello traveled back home to Australia for the first time in two and a half years - Read this article from the Sydney Morning Herald here.

Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins gave a quick Q&A to MediaPlanet, a content marketing and distribution company on fan loyalty - In the Q&A, she even gave a story on one young fan who made an impact on her the most. It was a young boy who attended many Shock games, but his parents were considering not allowing him to go to anymore due to his grades. Diggins made a deal with the boy that she would give him a pair of sneakers if he improved his grades, which he did. Awww.

Pat Friday and I went on Callan McClurg's LA Sparks 365 show early Saturday morning/Friday night in the West Coast where we went over the Washington Mystics' 2014 season - I've pretty much said what I have written here: the Mystics have played very well over the last couple seasons with who they have, but the lack of a superstar will prevent them from being more than a one-and-done playoff team.

However, I did add this: One important decision that the Mystics have to make is whether to retain Ivory Latta. On the one hand, keeping her ensures continuity. But on the other, Latta isn't getting any better at this point in her career, and we need to see Bria Hartley and Tayler Hill develop more together. Especially Hill. Either way, Hartley and Hill are more important to the team than Latta given that this team is focused on the future.

Pat added that he is high on Jelena Milovanovic, who played well for Team Serbia in the FIBA World Championships. Also, he does like what Mike Thibault is building in D.C., and that not many teams are going to be selling themselves to players as a team for the future. He even alludes to the Ten Point Rebuilding Plan without saying it in those words. And when you think about it, not only did the Wizards and Capitals use this plan, the Nationals MLB team did too. Coincidentally, the Lerner family, who owns the Nationals, is also a minority owner in Monumental Sports.

McClurg also went over the San Antonio Stars' 2014 season on Saturday night with Steven Anderson of StarsHoops.net - They go over their picks on who may be the face of the team after Becky Hammon's retirement, and give their thoughts on the team being forced out of AT&T Center in 2015 due to renovations.

International Professional Basketball

Tim Hipsley of Ten New Perth reports that former Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsey Moore and former USC standout Cassie Harberts will sign with the WNBL's West Coast Waves - Watch the YouTube clip here.

NCAA

The Commercial Appeal has a video of Memphis Tigers head coach Melissa McFerring breaking down a preseason practice - In the video, McFerring mentioned that the Tigers were a mentally prepared group, but don't have the talent just yet against the nation's best.

Josh Moon of the Montgomery Advertiser writes that the Daisha Simmons transfer situation could have an impact on workers' rights - He also makes note of a little known fact about NCAA scholarships: They are really for just one academic year and they have to be renewed.

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