The work week is getting close to completion. Let's get to some links:
Mystics owner Ted Leonsis acknowledged that they will use a new basketball practice facility - However, he didn't confirm or deny speculation from reports that the team may move to a smaller gym in the facility to play home games. Leonsis wouldn't go any further than to say that "there will be a practice facility, and the Mystics will practice there." Link to our piece Wednesday.
Kate Crawford of SB Nation's Mavs Moneyball writes that the NBA's choice of women's apparel needs to change - Crawford shows several clothing items from tighter shirts to high heels to make a case that the NBA is sending a message that women aren't as serious basketball fans as men.
Rich Elliott of CTPost.com writes that UConn will have a "new image" in the 2014-15 season - Yes, Breanna Stewart is back for her junior season, and she is expected to be winning National Player of the Year awards. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will also be right by Stewie's side. However, this team will be very different considering that Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley have now moved on to the pros.
Kelyn Soong of The Washington Post has a preview for each of the D-I colleges in the D.C. region excluding Maryland - The schools here are American (Nate's alma mater), George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, Navy, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Gene Wang wrote WaPo's preview for the Maryland Terrapins - not surprsingly, the big storyline is how will this team operate without Alyssa Thomas, who graduated last season?
Speaking about Alyssa Thomas, at least indirectly, her younger brother Devin is a junior power forward at Wake Forest - Thomas averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Demon Deacons in 2013-14, who did not make the postseason. In this article by Zachary Fowler of RantSports, Thomas is expected to be a big factor for the Deacons this season, and if new head coach Danny Manning uses him effectively, he may be ACC Player for the 2014-15 season, just like his big sis was last season.
Texas Tech commit Jordan Jackson, doesn't have siblings to live up to. He has to live up to his mom's legacy, and his namesake too! - Jackson's mother is former WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes, and he was named after NBA legend Michael Jordan, who is now the Charlotte Hornets owner. Though Jackson is named after and is the son of basketball royalty, he doesn't let that pressure get to him.
Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Gate wrote a feature on Stanford deploying a new offesnive style for the 2014-15 season. - For 12 years, the Cardinal ran a very deliberate triangle offense, but with some post players like Chiney Ogwumike and Mikaela Ruef graduating, they are now moving to a more up-tempo offense which Amber Orrange and Lili Thompson like.
Nick Kranz of SB Nation's California Golden Blogs examines the team's expectations for the 2014-15 - One of the key factors is on how sophomores Courtney Range, Mercedes Jefflo, and K.C. Waters make the leap from role players as they take bigger roles. Another key factor is how they can either improve their three point shooting, or compensate for it.
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