Keri Jewett-Giles will be closely monitoring the WNBA draft Thursday night.
The former star of Dunbar High and Florida Gulf Coast University will not disclose her name, but she will be watching what potential duty positions remain open, particularly at the Connecticut Sun.
Jewett-Giles has contacted Sun’s head coach / general manager Curt Miller, who reached out to her two weeks ago for the opportunity to join his team as an invited training camp.
“I had no idea he was going to call, he just clicked on Twitter and said, ‘Oh, you have a second, can I call you? We really want you to come out, ”she said.
The suns have no selection for the first round and have selection number 20, 21 and 30 in the three-round design. Eliminated after the 2019 final and 2020 semifinals, Connecticut expects 10 players to return from last year’s team, leaving few squad spots. Miller has revealed he’s looking for an offensive spark from the bench and helping with his 3-point shoot-out after the sun hit just 31.2% of its long-range attempts last season.
“We are generally trying to create the best training camp and the most competitive training camp we can to fight for the jobs we feel are open,” Miller told the Hartford Courant.
You’d think the 2019-20 ASUN Player of the Year, a semi-finalist for the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year, and a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American averaging 16.6 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game as a senior would deserve a shot.
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Jewett-Giles doesn’t take anything for granted.
“I just think that one foot in the door and then people know what I can do,” she said. “But I can help, just like I told the coach.” It’s not even about me because in the WNBA it’s difficult to create a roster slot and so many people get drafted and don’t make the team. The team will probably make the first round. So if I can just gain a foothold in training camp and show, maybe I’ll form the team, maybe he’ll turn to another team that has more places available. Just getting my foot in the door is the best opportunity for me right now. “
The 5-foot-6 Jewett-Giles signed with Wetterbygden Sparks, a team from the Swedish Basketball League, in September. She played seven games and averaged a team high of 16.9 points with 4.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 10 of 27 3-point attempts (37 percent).
“The lifestyle in Sweden is very different, mainly because I’m from Florida,” said Jewett-Giles. “It got dark like 3pm and the sun rose at 9am, so there are many gloomy days. Other than that, the professional game wasn’t difficult to adapt to the physicality.”
She tried to find another team overseas but decided after the season ended and COVID restrictions that limited opportunities to return to Fort Myers. The 23-year-old has been training basketball three days a week with Dunbar’s assistant coach PJ Caldwell and star striker Aaliyah Williams, who will play SouthWestern Florida next fall, and strength training two days a week.
If a WNBA camp invitation or roster spot fails, Jewett-Giles said she would try to return overseas or earn a spot on a women’s D-League national team, which is the WNBA’s farm system. In any case, she feels that she still has a lot of basketball.
“A lot of things should go well for me last year, but COVID messed up a lot, but you can only move forward so I’m looking to what’s next,” Jewett-Giles said.
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