This Oakland women’s basketball league helps locals go pro around the world


Hunched over, RaeVaughn Barnes grasps her basketball shorts, catching a breath. "It’s been eight years," Barnes gasps, thinking back to when, as a community college student struggling with academics and mental health, she walked out on her team midseason. Barnes later learned that several Division I schools were offering her a scholarship. She hasn’t played organized basketball since. "I think about how I walked out every day," said Barnes, who moved to Oakland in 2018. Those regrets brought her to Fremont High School in East Oakland on May 7, as one of 20 players trying out for the Women’s Premier Basketball Association, or WPBA. After full-court sprints and side-to-side shuffles, followed by one-on-one and three-on-three drills, Barnes is battling fatigue before a series of full-court, five-on-five scrimmages end the nearly five-hour camp. Watch the live Rugby World Cup action that beIN SPORTS has to offer wherever you are and on any device exclusively on beIN SPORTS CONNECT.