“If you’ve given the greatest effort that you can expect of yourself, you always get what you deserve.”  – C. Vivian Stringer

What a great quote from a great coach who knows all too well the impact and importance of effort and expectations. The voice of C. Vivian Stringer probably resonated in Epiphanny Prince’s head on several times this past summer.

Epiphanny Prince decided to forego her senior year at Rutgers to begin her professional basketball career overseas.  Briefly, she played for Spartak Moscow (the same professional team Diana Taurasi plays for in the offseason) before moving to Botas Spor of Turkey.  The choice to play overseas and forego her senior year at Rutgers was disappointing to some. Many were critical and think Prince lacked judgment.

Before leaving Rutgers, Epiphanny Prince became a top recruit in high school when she broke Cheryl Miller’s national prep record. As a guard at Rutgers, Epiphanny helped to lead the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Championship against Tennessee in 2007.

Practice makes perfect. Playing overseas should have supported Epiphanny’s development in many of the fundamental skills. Overseas basketball is different from the United States.  Individuals privy to playing with or against Epiphanny during the offseason have stated that they see a difference.

Epiphanny Prince did what she felt was right to catapult her to the next level. The circumstances surrounding her decision are not for anyone to question. It remains to be seen how much development has taken place from playing overseas basketball, but many believe she will not disappoint the WNBA and fans.

Epiphanny Prince and Alysha Clark share two personality traits; both ladies believe in hard work and achieving goals. Alysha Clark has been on the radar in the basketball world for awhile. During high school, Alysha sustained back-to-back injuries. The most serious injury was a cracked hip. After learning of the injuries, most recruiters from national collegiate programs lost interest.

Age and determination do make a difference. Alysha rebounded from injury and continued to play basketball. She selected and signed with Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee even though Vanderbilt was an option. After signing with Belmont, Alysha led her team to the NCAA tournament.

Let’s fast forward. Alysha transferred to Middle Tennessee State University and became a Blue Raider. Presently a graduate student, Alysha is not the only Blue Raider to join the ranks of the WNBA. Some may not think highly of Amber Holt from MTSU (former teammate playing for the Connecticut Sun), but Alysha Clark’s athleticism surpasses Holt’s. Alysha Clark is one of the nation’s leading scorers in Women’s basketball. It will be interesting to see how well she plays with the most infamous players in the WNBA.