This is a start.
After failing to get drafted two weeks ago, senior center Lady Comfort of the women’s basketball team signed a rookie contract with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks last Tuesday.
She will attend the team’s training camp, which began Sunday, and try to find a spot on a roster than includes the likes of women’s basketball legend Lisa Leslie and the 2008 No. 1 overall draft pick Candace Parker.
Despite being invited to training camp with a professional team, Comfort isn’t jumping up and down with joy.
Rather, she is aware of the realities surrounding a rookie contract and aware that she’s going to be competing for a job against some pretty stiff competition.
“I really didn’t get too excited because it’s not a guaranteed contract,” Comfort said. “But I’m going to go [to training camp] being nervous at the same time.”
Comfort will have to calm those nerves immediately as she looks to make an impression on her coach, Michael Cooper, who is now in his second stint as coach of the team.
“I expect a good training camp,” Comfort said. “I’m just trying to go in there and be on the top of my game as much as possible. [Try] not to get sent back home.”
Comfort is coming off a career where she exited North Broad Street as the Owls’ all-time leader in field goal percentage. She is trying to follow the footsteps of former standout Owls Kamesha Hairston and Candace Dupree, who are both in the WNBA with the Connecticut Sun and the Chicago Sky, respectively.
To do that, Comfort will really have to impress the Sparks’ coaching staff during training camp and the preseason schedule.
“I’m going to go out and do what I do, of course,” Comfort said. “They aren’t looking for nothing, they see something in me. I’m going to go out there and give it all I got.”
Todd Orodenker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.