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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Jen Gillom has high praise for Breanna Stewart

Jen Gillom was one of the top post players of her generation so I took the chance to ask the U.S. Olympic assistant coach about another talented post player - UConn's incoming freshman Breanna Stewart.

Gillom just happened to be an assistant coach on the U.S. team which played in the Pan Am Games last summer. Stewart was the team's leading scorer and rebounder even though she was going into her senior year of high school and the rest of the team consisted of college stars. Gillom is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Washington Mystics so I caught up to her before tonight's game against the Connecticut Sun.

"She's going to be on the next Olympic team," Gillom said. "She is definitely one of the top players in the world. To me the only thing that stands between her and the best posts today is her youth. She is one of the phenoms of the world, she is that good. We have a high school player on our Pan American team, how is she going to perform against these professionals? She handled herself well, she still came out and had a double-double almost every night and just played consistently. She played as if she had been a WNBA player, that was what was so amazing about her.

"It's amazing, her maturity at that high school level it is just amazing. Wow, I thought UConn always had a good team but they are going to have an even better team with this young lady coming in because she is definitely something special. She can go inside, outside, her versatility is probably the most attractive thing and just her athleticism. I kid you not, the kid is probably going to get a dunk in her first collegiate season. I did not expect her athleticism to be as great as it is. I think we are in for a great college career for this young lady, She is a lot of fun, great character just a person I love being around her. When you get players of her caliber that you enjoy being around every single day, win/loss she is the same and I love people who have that kind of character. To me that shows that she is going to be consistent both on and off the court."

Notre Dame guard and reigning Big East Player of the Year Skylar Diggins is in attendance at tonight's game as part of a internship she is doing with ESPNW.

She interviewed her former Notre Dame teammate Natalie Novosel, a Washington Mystics rookie, after the game.


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