High Price Talent

By Jeff Lippman - September 10, 2007

Obviously not caring about my opinion, a national panel of sports writers and broadcasters sent 30 votes Armintie Price's way to officially make her the WNBA's Rookie of the Year.

Price had a great season for the Chicago Sky, but I felt that L.A.'s Sidney Spencer deserved the award more.

With that said, I first discovered Price's game in January of last season when her Ole Miss rebels cracked the Top 25 for only the second time since 1996.

Back then, Price was leading her Rebels in pretty much every statistical category and was the do-all leader that would eventually get the Rebels to upset mighty Maryland and Oklahoma and play eventual champion Tennessee tough for the right to go to the Final Four.

Price then became the No. 3 pick in the WNBA draft to a team that decided it didn't need anyone on the roster with experience. So Price was thrust into the starting line up of a bad team, and all she did next was lead that team like she led her Rebels the year prior.

She started all 34 games, finished third among rookies in scoring and assists and was third on the Sky with six rebounds a game. It is conceivable we are looking at a triple-double type player with Price. And as the Sky immediately improved from five wins in their first season, to 14 last year with Price, it is obvious she was the right selection for Chicago to make.

So congratulations to Armintie Price, a player who began college five years ago a raw, untamed athlete who couldn't dribble without hitting her foot and had no jump shot, and is now a polished, ball-handling machine who can finally hit that jumper.

She still has work to do, of course, she must perfect her shooting stroke, but that will come with time. In four short years at Ole Miss she quickly became only the second player in NCAA history - the other is Cheryl Miller - to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals. She is a special player, she can do it all on the basketball court and she has a very bright future.

She has only one major flaw...Hey Athlete! Where's my jersey?

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 12:34 PM on September 10, 2007
Comments (1)


Thank Carol Ross....without her guidance, Armintie doesn't become the star she is.

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