Israeli Shay Doron drafted to WNBA

Thursday, April 05, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Israeli Shay Doron, who plays basketball for the University of Maryland, has become the first Israeli drafted to the Women’s Basketball Association in American, fulfilling a childhood dream.

“I definitely think I’m ready for the WNBA,” Doron said after being drafted by the New York Liberty.

Doron described her time playing for Maryland as full of “wonderful experiences and opportunities,” adding that it prepared her for the next steps of her athletic career.

"If I was a WNBA coach I would pick someone like Shay Doron because on top of her professional ability, she also has the extraordinary mental ability to propel a team forward,” said Eli Rabi, head coach for Israel's National Women's Team. “The choice is very appropriate, I hoped she would be picked at the end of the second round, but she was picked at the start of it and that was a pleasant surprise.”

Assistant Coach Galit Musai called her selection “a dream come true, for me and for Shay. This is a happy day for me.”

“Already at age 10 her big dream was to play for New York Liberty, and now it’s coming true for her,” Musai said.

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