Keisha Hampton drafted No. 22 by Seattle Storm
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
DePaul Blue Demon alumni in the WNBA are few and far between.
Right now though, you can add one to the list.
Keisha Hampton, who missed half of her senior season due to a knee injury, was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the 22nd pick in the WNBA draft.
“It was an emotional day because I didn’t know if I was even going to be drafted,” Hampton said. “That was the biggest question going through my head. It was overwhelming that I was drafted. Just to hear my name called, I was kind of in shock.”
Hampton was at home in Philadelphia when she found out the news. She said that she didn’t do any pre-draft workouts with teams because she couldn’t.
“It’s coming along,” Hampton said, who also mentioned that she is almost 100 percent at running on her own. “Just taking it day by day.”
DePaul head coach Doug Bruno, who called Hampton to congratulate her on the accomplishment, was excited for what the potential holds for her.
“Had Keisha not been injured this season, she probably would have been a top five pick in this year’s WNBA draft,” Bruno said in an interview with the DePaul athletic website. “So to get Keisha at 22, and with regained health, Keisha will be a steal by Seattle.”
Hampton will head out to Seattle soon and meet with the Storm team doctor and “go from there.” She also acknowledged what her college coach did for her while she was in Lincoln Park.
“He’s meant a lot to me,” Hampton said. “He’s pushed me to my limits here at DePaul. He’s never given up on me, made me a better player, better person.”
On top of being the third DePaul player in the WNBA, Hampton will be joining one of the other ones. Allie Quigley, who is playing in Hungary before she gets back for the WNBA season, will be teaming up with Hampton. They have exchanged Facebook messages so far, according to Hampton.
Quigley's younger sister Sam Quigley played with Hampton for a few years, culminating with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010-2011 season.
And while Hampton, who says she hasn’t played in a game or even touched a basketball since December, is far off from being in game shape, she is ready to get back out there and do what she does best.
“It’s always going to drive me,” Hampton responded when asked if the doubts of her injury will fuel her comeback. “I’m a competitive person, I want to win and I want to play. When I get back on the court I’m going to give it my all.”