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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ashley Walker makes final push for roster spot

Former first-round pick Ashley Walker certainly seems to have done whatever she could to secure a roster spot with the Connecticut Sun as she recorded a double-double in the final preseason game of 2013.

Walker, vying with Latoya Williams for a position as the fourth and final post player, had 11 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 17:56 in Connecticut's 88-80 win at Minnesota.

In the three preseason games Walker played nearly 54 minutes and averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Williams played 50:32 and averaged 6 points per game.

It is dangerous to predict roster spots off production in exhibition games since much of the work is done under the watchful eye of the coaching staff during practices but Walker's superior rebounding work (Williams had a total of two rebounds in the three preseason games) would seem to give her an advantage for the final front court spot.

The final perimeter spot figures to come down to Johannah Leedham and Natasha Lacy. The players were given almost identical amount of playing time on Tuesday. Leedham played 15:39 and finished with six points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Lacy played 15:37 and had three points, three rebounds and two assists.

Neither player shot particularly well from the field in the three exhibition games as Leedham was 7 of 18 and Lacy was 5 of 15. I guess the final decision will come down to what the team is looking for. If the Sun wants another small forward type, Leedham would be the likely choice while Lacy is more of a reserve point guard.

I have no say in such matters but if I had to guess, I would say that Walker and Leedham would be the final two players to make the team.

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