Shereesha Richards is riding an historic NCAAW basketball career into the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association). After completing one of the most successful careers in America East Conference Womens Basketball history the Rae Town native is poised to be drafted in the WNBA Draft in a couple weeks.
The University of Albany (UAlbany) star forward was invited as one of 40 players invited to play in the Pro-Select Games at the 2016 Indianapolis Combine last week.
The Pro-Select Games features 40 invited collegiate seniors and international players that will compete in games in front of talent evaluators from the WNBA and European professional leagues – 93% of players who played in the combine in 2015 got drafted or played professionally overseas
However, Richards traversed the difficult and rarely completed road of small island diamond in the ruff talent to big star at small school road.
Following a freshman season in which she only got one start, but took part in all games and shared Rookie of the Year honours, the Jamaican born forward lit up the conference.
She has won the Conference Player of the Year Award in three consecutive seasons, becoming the second player in conference history to do that.
For the 2015-16 season, Richards led the conference in scoring at 22.8 ppg (7th overall in NCAAW), was second in rebounding with 8.8 rpg and was fourth in shooting with a .553 FG%.
Another dominant season that further bolstered her historic career at the New York based university.
She topped the school’s career points 1668 points at the end of her junior year (2014-15 season) and added a further 772 in her final season for a total of 2440 pts. That set new UAlbany program single season records as well as the 290 made field goals and 23.4 ppg en route.
She also holds down the second and third spot on the list with 695 in 2014-15, 659 in 2013-14 and (21.0 ppg) in 2014-15, (20.0 ppg) 2013-14.
With the collection of awards that she has collected and the numbers she has put up over her career, getting drafted in the WNBA might just be a footstool to her becoming a pioneer in Jamaican basketball.
Source: ncaa.org, ualbanysports.com