Former Liberty star, Avery Warley, continues successful rookie campaign in WNBA
Warley, who spent five seasons at Liberty after redshirting her freshman year, is second among all rookies in rebounds per game, 6.3, and total rebounds, 120. In both categories, she only trails #1 overall draft pick, Nneka Ogwumike, of the Los Angeles Sparks.
The center out of H.D. Woodson is not only successful among her rookie peers, but all players, ranking in the Top 15 in total rebounds and rebounds per game.
A shot at rookie of the year is not out of the question, but will certainly be a daunting task due to Ogwumike’s potent offensive abilities. Although Warley only averages 3.7 points per game, her 51% field goal percentage illustrates her offensive capability when called upon. She also ranks in the top five among all rookies in efficiency per game as well, pretty outstanding.
Heading into a break for the Olympics, Warley has been one of the few bright notes for a Mercury organization that is off to a rather bleak start. Despite a subpar record for the organization, I fully expect Warley to continue her success for Phoenix all season long.
Although she is a D.C. native, it is great to see a former Hill City star making noise in the pro’s, and that is definitely deserves some recognition.