Two weeks ago, NC State Graduate Senior Kiara Leslie was selected 10th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. I caught up with her, and she gave her thoughts:
Leslie started her collegiate career at Maryland, so she is excited to be heading to familiar territory.
I’m going back to an area I’m am familiar with, and I know a few of their players.Kiara Leslie
Even though some were shocked Leslie went so high, it wasn’t a complete shock to her.
I knew it was possible. I had a few teams with picks in the 1st round that I had been communicating with. They didn’t confirm where they would take me, but I knew it was possible. It’s been a blessing. Nobody but God made this happen.Kiara Leslie
Wolfpack head coach Wes Moore, who came in 2nd in the voting for National Coach of the Year, made a tremendous impact on Leslie’s game over the past two seasons.
This year I had to play a bigger role on the team. He helped me broaden my game and become more comfortable doing things I wasn’t used to doing before.Kiara Leslie
As a current resident of Holly Springs, North Carolina, it’s awesome to see a native of the Springs make it as a professional athlete.
Not a lot of people from a small town make it to the big stages and play professionally. I am really happy to represent Holly Springs and be a role model for the youth who desire to play professionally as well.Kiara Leslie