When college athletes graduate, the future is often-times uncertain. For two former Lady Griz teammates though, their next step in life is taking shape.
After long-time assistant coach Annette Rocheleau decided to retire, the Lady Griz were left looking to fill her positing, and with Katie Baker graduating, originally she intended to be a graduate assistant on the team.
"So Katie fit perfectly, she was going to take a couple classes that she had to have, but this opportunity was a great one, and it's not a problem, we've got someone lined up that is going to fill that spot," says head coach Robin Selvig
Baker decided to sign with a team in the top league in Luxembourg…less than a month after former teammate Alyssa Smith signed to play in Romania. The two are the latest in a long-line of players Robin Selvig coached in college.
"It's going to be an experience of some kind, one way or another, we've had a number of kids go over there and it's worked out great, and if they don't want to do it, they find out and come back," says Selvig
Baker playing professionally isn't much of a surprise, with her being the conference player of the year, Smith however, had a more modest stat-line during her senior year.
"She didn't have a lot of big numbers, so that's sometimes hard when the European teams are looking at you, but what they'll find when Alyssa gets there, is she's a really good player. She's going to help that team win, and she can score too, she wasn't a consistent scorer here, but she does a lot of little things that help you win games, and that's pretty much what any coach is looking for," says Selvig.
While Selvig has coached some stellar players in the past, he expects big things from Baker
"I've had all kinds of different stories that go over there, and I think Katie is in a pretty high level league, and I would expect her to do well," says Selvig.