Here are some links and tweets around the web in regards to the drafting of Stefanie Dolson, and the acquisition of Bria Hartley and Tianna Hawkins.
Web Links From Monumental Sports and the D.C. area media
Ted's Take | Wizards & Mystics Today on Dolson | Wizards & Mystics Today on Hartley/Hawkins | Thibault's breakdown of the day on Monumental Network | DC Sports Bog of the Washington Post | Washington Post Article | CSN Washington
The best quotes from the D.C. area come from Ted Leonsis. His first blog entry on Tuesday, April 15 was about the Mystics' draft night and the link to Ted's Take is above.
First, his remarks on Dolson:
The Mystics drafted Stefanie Dolson from the University of Connecticut sixth overall in last night’s WNBA draft. Dolson is a proven winner who has won consecutive national championships and was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Year.
And here's what Leonsis had to say on the Hartley/Hawkins acquisition:
We all appreciate what Crystal Langhorne did for our organization on and off the court, and we wish her the best. But we had an opportunity to obtain two young players [Bria Hartley and Tianna Hawkins] who will help us now as well as in the future.
Web Links From the Seattle Storm and the Seattle area media
Best quote from the Seattle media comes from the Seattle Times piece linked above, when Jayda Evans basically called out Seattle Storm Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler for something we have accused him of doing. Is he just trying to win more games now at the expense for the future with the Crystal Langhorne acquisition? Here's his response:
That’s not the case. If you look at our (veterans), those are players we really respect and they want to have a chance to have success now, too. There’s a lot of things to take into consideration but you’ve always got to keep an eye on three and four years down the road, too.
Web Links from UConn, Hartford and New Haven, CT media markets
So I got another quote for you all. The Hartford Courant link, which is a piece by John Altavilla had the best one. It comes from Mystics GM & Head Coach Mike Thibault in regards to why he got both of the UConn alumnae who were available in this draft:
They know how to win. They expect to win. They practice every day to win. That is the mentality that has been instilled with them at UConn. And I would think the styles Geno and I use are somewhat close. They [UConn players] may learn some plays differently [in the WNBA}, but in terms of our expectations, our practices, the things we do, it’s very similar. In terms of myself, I know what I am getting [with UConn players]. They win. They are well-coached, well-prepared for this level.
Can't say it any better as to why UConn alumnae make great fits to any roster in this league.
WNBA.com | ESPN video interview with Hartley | ESPN video interview with Dolson who does the "Washington Wiggle" dance | ESPN video interview with the Mystics rookie duo | Overall draft recap by the AP's Doug Feinberg | Slam Online
Tweets & Instagrams from Mystics players, coaches, and other figures
Welcome to the family Stefanie Dolson! Congrats!!! #WashingtonMystics— Tayler Hill (@Tayler_Hill4) April 15, 2014
Coach Thibault is one smart man!— Tayler Hill (@Tayler_Hill4) April 15, 2014
Welcome to the Mystics to Stefanie, Tianna, Bria, Kody, and Carley!! Glad to have you. Coach T— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) April 15, 2014
A big thanks to Crystal Langhorne for all she's done here. We wish her the best in Seattle. Coach T— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) April 15, 2014
I need some @bigmommastef in my life....— Kara Lawson (@karalawson20) April 15, 2014
Yeah @Breezyyy14, looking forward to it!— Kara Lawson (@karalawson20) April 15, 2014
Sorry to see Lang go, she has meant a lot to this franchise and played a key role last season - best of luck to her in Seattle.— Eric Thibault (@ET_hoops) April 15, 2014
Tweets from Storm players, coaches, and other figures
I would just like to thank all the Mystics fans for the support over the years I've been with the organization— crystal langhorne (@crystalanghorne) April 15, 2014
I'm excited about my opportunity with the Seattle Storm, I better get some visitors on the west coast— crystal langhorne (@crystalanghorne) April 15, 2014
We've traded the rights to Bria Hartley and forward Tianna Hawkins in exchange for Crystal Langhorne! Welcome to Seattle, @crystalanghorne!— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) April 15, 2014
More Top Tweets
A lot of good tweets, so here are just some of them. And while I believe that the Hartley and Hawkins acquisition was a great move for the Mystics, some tweeters don't necessarily agree. Let's just get to them.
Gooo Stef!! So happy for you!! See you game 1 girl! #WNBADraft— Maya Moore (@MooreMaya) April 15, 2014
I knew that Hartley to Seattle had to be a trade. Crazy that Langhorne is the one to go though. Messeman starts at the 4?— Kobe's Kid (@TheFlyestHoopa) April 15, 2014
WOWWWWWWWWW.....Langhorne traded....— James Bowman (@JBowman_SA) April 15, 2014
Seattle stole Langhorne from the Mystics #WNBADraft— Kevin Brown (@over_short) April 15, 2014
Washington Mystics trade former Terp Crystal Langhorne for former Terp Tianna Hawkins! #TerpTrade— Maryland Athletics (@umterps) April 15, 2014
Still amazed Crystal Langhorne was available in trade. Two-time All-Star with plenty of prime ahead of her at age 28.— Kevin Pelton (@kpeltonWBB) April 15, 2014
Paging @aleeinthedmv...— just another Rebecca (@NYCScribbler) April 15, 2014
And yes, Hartley was with the Storm for a little bit so here's one while she was with their organization:
These can't possibly be all the links and/or good tweets and/or Instagrams out there. But yesterday was definitely a step in the right direction for the Mystics and glad to see there were a lot of pixels to show for it.