WNBA: Interview with Shyla Heal, the No. 8 pick in the 2021 draft

Don’t call Shyla Heal a bust. Not now, never.

The 5-foot-6 point player was picked 8th in the 2001 WNBA Draft at the age of 19 by the Chicago Sky after an excellent season for the Townsville Fire of the Australian Women’s National Basketball League, in which she balanced 16.7 points and 3.4 helps.

Following situations beyond her control, she was traded after simply 4 video games from Chicago to the Dallas Wings, and after that cut. On her W experience, Heal stressed:

I don’t wish to blame anybody for the situations in Chicago. It was challenging, however I continue to grow on and off the court after playing expertly from a young age.

Now she is on a resurgence path, taking her time and gathering experiences. This year she won her very first Australian champion, made her launching for the Australian nationwide group and signed a handle Polish champs, Polski Cukier AZS UMCS Lublin, to work as the group’s main playmaker.

The Playmaker

Shyla Heal has actually constantly coped with the concern of expectations taxing her shoulders. The child of a basketball gamer and coach, she has actually been training because the age of 6 and turned professional at the age of 14. The objective has actually constantly been the WNBA.

Her dad, Shane, played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs. He played in Greece and Italy also, so he recommended Shyla to provide Europe a shot. Speaking on her father’s assistance for her profession, she shared:

Dad and I are close and we constantly discuss my advancement and my general video game and the very best actions. He played in Europe as an import for 4 years and he has constantly stated that I will find out a various method of playing in the EuroLeague. He understands this experience will make me a much better gamer.

Shane Heal did not dip into the American college level and still reached the NBA as a 6-foot guard, which is no little accomplishment (no pun meant). His child wished to get to the WNBA faster so she avoided college and showcased her abilities playing in the WNBL, along with for the nationwide group at numerous youth levels.

Looking back, Heal treats her brief remain in the WNBA as a knowing experience. She has no reasons and holds no animosities, specifying:

My WNBA experience was distinct. It was throughout COVID and I had actually not played a video game in over 6 months. I couldn’t get a visa to enter into the nation for a long time and missed out on the whole training school. I got here 6 video games into the season and the group was losing and had great deals of injuries. They tossed me in right away, however I actually required time to find out the plays and the gamers to prepare. They wound up cutting the other preliminary draft choice and I in the exact same week.

First the EuroLeague, then the WNBA

Still simply 21 years of ages, Heal remains in no rush to go back to the WNBA at all expenses. Instead, she wishes to take her time to find out and establish. She recommended:

I understand I can play well in the WNBA, however will return in the ideal situations next time. Playing in the EuroLeague is something I’m more inspired by today. This experience will assist me continue to progress as a gamer.

She chose Lublin, a city in Eastern Poland, as her next stop on the roadway back to the WNBA. However, she is not dealing with the group as a stepping stone. After she got a taste of what it seems like to be a champ, she wishes to win the league here also, asserting:

My representative Eric Wiesel persuaded me that Lublin is the best location for me to play. I talked with the coach and was impressed with his vision and the important things he thinks in for me and the group. I understand I can assist the group at both ends of the court and would like to assist Lublin win another Championship. I simply won a title in Australia and winning and establishing is essential to me.

Thanks to Shyla Heal’s brand-new group, AZS UMCS Lublin, for assisting us reach her for this brief interview.

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