ANDSport always gives second chances to those who work for it. And that has been the case of a Kelsey Plum for which the stars seemed destined and
ANDSport always gives second chances to those who work for it. And that has been the case of a Kelsey Plum for which the stars seemed destined and that in her flight to the top she collided with the cruelest side of a sport that was called to rule as one of the best offensive players of all time.
Kelsy Plum, the ‘Pistol’ Maravich of women’s basketball
Plum was already a legend at the age when the rest of the mortals are still deciding where their life is going to go. No. 1 in the 2017 draft, the Poway, California player became University of Washington history after averaging 31.6 points in her final season with the Huskies. In addition, it became the second top scorer in NCAA Division I, both male and female, second only to the mythical Pete ‘Pistol’ Maravich (3,667 points in his four years at Louisiana State). Big words.
Shooter, left-handed and compulsive scorer, Plum was landing in Las Vegas with the star volley over her. However, in his first two seasons his talent only appeared in flashes. Small doses of a scoring power that was now just one more on a star-studded team like Liz Cambage or A’ja Wilson. Two campaigns in which it did not meet expectations. And the worst was yet to come.
On June 2020 Plum breaks the Achilles that left her unable to play the course with Las Vegas Aces in the Orlando bubble and that endangered the rest of her sports career. It was at that moment that Plum got the best of herself and that she seemed hidden since her arrival at the elite. With work and desire, the escort began to overcome his injury … and his fears to return stronger than ever.
A comeback that has become one of the women’s basketball stories of the year, culminating brilliantly with a gold medal at the Tokyo Games, leading the US 3×3 team and with the award for Best Sixth Player of the season in the WNBA after averaging 14.8 points and 3.6 assists, now achieving the numbers that were expected of her when she dazzled in the University. Figures that in the playoffs have been increased by 25 points on average in the two semifinal games that the Aces have played against the Mercury.