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    Question for WBB fans

    I was just wondering about something, and am too lazy and busy to do the research myself, when I am sure some of you on here can answer the question.

    Do any women players in college leave early for the WNBA? Do the same rules apply to them as do guys leaving for the NBA? Just wondered.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    I think Parker left early from Tenn. for the WNBA.


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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Is it possible? I believe so, as I believe that Candice Parker left Tenn before playing 4 years. It is the very rare exception, however.

    I do not know what the rule is.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    I think the rule is that you have to stay 4 years. Parker took a medical redshirt her freshman year, so technically she did leave early, but it was after 4 years.


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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    I know that Rutgers lost a good player who went professional last year. She is playing in Europe, though, not the WNBA. Can't recall her name right now.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkat View Post
    I know that Rutgers lost a good player who went professional last year. She is playing in Europe, though, not the WNBA. Can't recall her name right now.
    Rutgers star Epiphanny Prince will skip senior season to play in Europe | Rutgers Women's Basketball - - Rutgers Women's Basketball - NJ.com



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Quote Originally Posted by joefrog View Post
    I think Parker left early from Tenn. for the WNBA.
    Add that she had graduated too.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    I think Candice graduated and that is why she could leave after her junior year



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    I first googled Cappie Pondexter, but that was the wrong Rutgers star. Prince was notable for scoring 100 points in a high school game.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Thanks. I was just curious. Seems like there are a lot of good players that stay all four years, and I was wondering why. I realize there are not as many teams in the WNBA, and thus not as many opportunities, but I was just wondering if there was something else that made them stay.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Dryburn View Post
    Thanks. I was just curious. Seems like there are a lot of good players that stay all four years, and I was wondering why. I realize there are not as many teams in the WNBA, and thus not as many opportunities, but I was just wondering if there was something else that made them stay.
    Well, that nearly all of the women stars stay is one of the reasons I love the women's game. The players value their education. Other reasons: they don't flunk out, don't end up on police blotters, appreciate us their fans, are good role models for those of us with daughters, nieces, etc., and so on. Not knocking my own sex, and most of the men players are fine, but just citing some key points about the women's game that I find very positive, at least as it is played here.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Dryburn View Post
    Thanks. I was just curious. Seems like there are a lot of good players that stay all four years, and I was wondering why. I realize there are not as many teams in the WNBA, and thus not as many opportunities, but I was just wondering if there was something else that made them stay.
    Money. Average rookie salary in the WNBA is less than $40,000. Great for 3-4 months work, but it's not going to make anyone rich. A college scholarship is worth $20k or so per year depending on the school.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Cypwr View Post
    Add that she had graduated too.
    That is another nice distinction between the gals and the guys.



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    Re: Question for WBB fans

    Quote Originally Posted by mred View Post
    Money. Average rookie salary in the WNBA is less than $40,000. Great for 3-4 months work, but it's not going to make anyone rich. A college scholarship is worth $20k or so per year depending on the school.
    Some of them are better off playing overseas. WNBA is in the summer, and then they can go to Europe and make bank during the winter.

    From an ESPN article a couple of years ago: "[Sue] Bird, born and raised on Long Island, played under an Israeli passport this winter for a team in suburban Moscow where she earned almost four times her $93,000 annual salary with the WNBA. Taurasi, who grew up in California, played under an Italian passport and earned roughly 10 times as much as the $49,000 her WNBA Phoenix Mercury will pay her this season."

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