April 18, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma senior All-American forward Phylesha Whaley's No. 34 jersey has been selected to be displayed at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Slaton, Texas, native was named to numerous All-American teams including the United States Basketball Writers Association, Women's Basketball News Service, Women's Basketball Journal and Associated Press teams.
Whaley led Oklahoma in scoring all four years and rebounding the last three seasons. She ended her collegiate career with 14 school records, including becoming OU's all-time scorer in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. As a senior, she led the team in scoring with 20.8 points and rebounding with 7.9 boards per game.
Whaley also became Oklahoma's first conference player of the year and Kodak All-American honorable mention selection. Under Whaley's leadership, the team produced a school record of 25-8, won its first Big 12 Conference regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 this past season.
Last weekend, Whaley was one of 107 players invited to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago, Ill. The three-day camp, held at the Moody Bible Institute, showcased top collegiate talents for WNBA coaches and general managers to evaluate player skills in advance of the annual WNBA Draft on Tuesday, April 25.
The camp featured college seniors, veterans with prior professional experience and international players. In addition, approximately 25 players who were eligible to be selected in the 1999 WNBA Draft participated in the 2000 Pre-Draft Camp. These players will not be eligible for the 2000 WNBA Draft and will be assigned to teams following the Draft.
In addition to Whaley, five other Big 12 Conference seniors were invited to the camp. Texas Tech had Aleah Johnson and Keitha Dickerson, while Nebraska's Nicole Kubik, Oklahoma State's Jennifer Crow and Iowa State's Stacy Frese also attended. Edwina Brown of Texas showed up for physicals but couldn't participate in the drills due to a broken hand prior to the camp.