Transformations, transfers, stops and surges

High school:

Fantastic piece by ESPN on how three of the U17s – Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Betnijah Laney and Taylor Greenfield – transformed their bodies for the USA Basketball trials. And they did it the right way, with no nutty diets. The writer makes the valid point, which some of us forget, that body image can be an issue for basketball players, too.

College:

South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley has added Darius Taylor as assistant coach after the departure of Carla McGhee, who left to “pursue other opportunities.”

Former Oregon State Beaver Kirsten Tilleman has landed at UC Santa Barbara.

Sparks:

The Sparks might acquire Courtney Paris. That would be great since they don’t let Chanel Mokango play.

Mechelle Voepel has a tendency to go on too much, as is the case with this piece on Candace Parker. But the underlying point is worth it: that Parker’s shoulder injury has forced her Superwoman butt to take a break. Things happen for a reason……

Storm:

Despite their raging start, the Storm aren’t getting overconfident.

Finishing strong is more important to Seattle than starting off that way.

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