Malibu, Calif. Â Senior Pepperdine women’s basketball standouts Daphanie Kennedy and Teiosha George, are attending WNBA training camps this week in hopes of earning a spot on a professional women’s basketball team for the 2008-09 season.
“It’s always an honor when a student athlete gets an opportunity to move on to the next level and be seen by a WNBA team,” said Pepperdine Head Coach Julie Rousseau. “It’s a great accomplishment to be invited to a WNBA camp. If they make the team great, if not, they’ll move on to the next phase and play overseas.”
Kennedy (Berkeley, Calif. / Kearny HS), is attending the Seattle Storm training camp in Seattle, Wash. She joins an impressive roster including 2007 WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson, All-Star Sue Bird, former WNBA MVP’s Sheryl Swoopes and Yolanda Griffith.
The 2007-08 Waves MVP, was the WCC leading scorer in conference play this season. Kennedy was ranked No. 13 in Division I women’s basketball for scoring in the 2007-08 season.
George (Palmdale, Calif. / Palmdale HS) is at the Phoenix Mercury camp, located in Phoenix, Az. The Mercury rookie Coach Corey Gaines chose not to have any returning players at the camp and prefers to focus on recruits. Free agent Amy Lewis (Australia) and Yuko Ogo (Japan) are among the players vying for a position on the Mercury team.
The 6-4” George, played forward for the Waves and earned a spot on several all-time lists.
“To have two players invited to the WNBA camps is tremendous for our program,” said Rousseau.
Both Kennedy and George will return to Malibu on Saturday, April 26, to graduate with the Pepperdine class of 2008 in Alumni Park.