Golden Nuggets: Layshia Clarendon on the Transition from Cal to the WNBA

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Our SBN brethren at Swish Appeal catch up with Layshia Clarendon as she transitions to the WNBA.

Our SBN brethren at Swish Appeal interviewed Layshia Clarendon, who is settling in with the Indiana Fever.

SA: What is your role with the Fever?

LC: "It changes almost day to day. In this game we missed Erin (Phillips), Jeanette (Pohlen) and Katie (Douglas) due to injury. So I had to play a lot of two guard. I am in a situation this year where I have to be able to adapt."

SA: Do you prefer the point or the two?

LC: "It depends on the situation. Also what the team needs. I can play both guard spots and am willing to change given what the team's needs are."

SA: How was it adapting to the WNBA style?

LC: "It is definitely more physical than what you face in college. In my situation there was hardly any time to rest. Fatigue was a factor. We finished our college season in early April and it seemed like I had a week or two before WNBA training camp came up. Overcoming the fatigue after long college season was the toughest thing for me."

SA: You are a rookie just three games in but what is your assessment of the WNBA?

LC: "It is definitely the best women's basketball league in the world. You grow up reading about or watching a Cappie Pondexter, now, all of a sudden you are on the floor asked to guard her. And there are so many outstanding players in the league beside Cappie. Again, the WNBA is absolutely the best (women's) league going."

Check out SA's extensive recap of the Liberty-Fever game, including some discussion of Layshia's performance.

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