WNBA: Rachel Jarry signs with the Atlanta Dream
From winning a Championship with the Minnesota Lynx in 2013, Australian basketballer Rachel Jarry has signed a new deal with the Atlanta Dream. She will head to their training camp in April with hopes of making a spot on the permanent roster.
Jarry was originally drafted by the Dream in the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft, but was traded to Minnesota in a draft day deal.
"It's a bit of a coincidence, but back then [2011 WNBA Draft] it was a pre-organised trade between the two clubs so I think it was always Minnesota who had that initial interest. It's pretty cool though, because I remember when I got drafted I had to do some interviews and I had researched Atlanta, so I could reel off some stats and interesting things about the city," Jarry said.
Jarry's campaign with the Lynx was a successful one as she picked up the elusive WNBA Championship as a rookie. She played 27 games and averaged 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game, and appeared in five of Minnesota's seven playoff games.
"As athletes all the training and hard work we do is ultimately to win and be the best. The 2013 Championship was awesome and I have so many amazing memories from being on that team. They were a great bunch of girls and really made the transition enjoyable for me," Jarry said.
Jarry, who is hopeful of making a spot on the Dream's permanent roster has the same desires for her teams success in 2017.
"Of course I'd love the same to happen [WNBA Championship] at Atlanta, however I'm just focusing on training camp now and I'll try and do my best to make the team, and then I'll do whatever I can for my team to win," Jarry said.
Jarry has always had the ability to play different roles on the court, something she's hopeful will set her apart from the rest of the competition in getting a spot on the team.
"Since I was last in the WNBA I've had a lot of different international experiences that should hold me in good stead. I'll just go to training camp and play my way and see what happens. I think my versatility and my ability to play a few different roles with hopefully set me apart," Jarry said.