No tricks, just treats from Dishin & Swishin on Halloween! There's no question about it; 2017 was one hell of a year for Dawn Staley.
Coach of NCAA women's basketball national champion South Carolina would be great on its own, but to also be elevated by USA Basketball to the head coach of the Senior National team makes it phenomenal.
It is a pleasure to kick off Dishin & Swishin's NCAA coverage by talking with one of our favorite guests, coach Staley, to discuss the upcoming NCAA season and her summer camp with USA Basketball.
After touring the country and Japan with her new bestie, the "netlace" in tow, Staley also had her first USA camp as head coach this summer. Now, though, it's back to business; winning the difficult SEC, returning to the NCAA tournament, and a trip to Columbus, Ohio, site of this year's Final Four.
Even though the Gamecocks lost three WNBA first round draft choices in Rookie of the Year Allisha Gray, Kayla Davis, and Alaina Coates, the cupboard is far from bare.
Returning is the odds on favorite for national player of the year honors, forward A'ja Wilson. Already a tremendous talent, on Dishin & Swishin Staley talks about what she asked Wilson to improve on for this season, and it is enough to make even the best of teams nervous at the thought!
A loaded backcourt featuring returnees Tyasha Harris and Bianca Cuevas-Moore will be counted on for more offense this year. Graduate transfer Lindsey Spann from Penn State is already being a leader, according to Staley, and transfer post Alexis Jennings from Kentucky will need to make an impact on both ends of the court.
Can South Carolina repeat? It won't be easy, but the possibility is real! One this is certain, their coach will be pushing them to reach their maximum potential. And really, what else can you ask for in a coach?