Original post courtesy of Marist Media Hub
Written by Jacob Young
After a six-year career at the college level, it seems very strange to refer to Tori Jarosz as a former Marist College women’s basketball player. But for her, a career in basketball does not end at Marist. Jarosz has her sights set on a WNBA roster and making a name for herself in professional sports.
It is no secret that Jarosz had continued success at Marist. In addition to being a multiple time MAAC Champion and Conference Player of the Week, she was also recently named the MAAC Player of the Year in her last season. Tori impressed all year, reaching a double-double in every MAAC Conference game, and finished with 18.9 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game. She also led the MAAC in numerous statistical categories, including blocks per game and field goal percentage. Even at a mid-major college, Jarosz attracted attention from scouts and will seek to prove herself worthy of playing at the next level.
At the beginning of April, Jarosz flew to Indianapolis to take part in a pre-draft combine to show off her skills. Multiple agents were in attendance to scout players and look for potential signees.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to attend this combine event, I know there is going to be a lot of good competition and I’m happy to have been invited” Jarosz said.
Being selected to the weekend’s all-star game and privately working out for WNBA scouts rose Tori’s draft stock tremendously. She joined players from across the country to participate in workouts and games leading up to the draft on the 14th of April.
Although the WNBA Draft went by without Jarosz hearing her name called, she remained confident moving forward, saying “I’m going into tonight not really expecting anything because I know that I may have the opportunity to participate in a pre-season camp following the draft.”
Coming out undrafted into the league, Jarosz was soon given some unexpected, exciting news. The disappointment of the draft did not last too long before Jarosz was introduced to an unbelievable opportunity. Soon following the combine in Indiana, Tori was officially invited to attend a training camp with the Dallas Wings of the WNBA. This makes Jarosz the third player in Marist women’s basketball history to participate in a training camp. Her dedication to the game of basketball will continue in hopes of landing a spot on the Wings’ final roster.
On the subject, a humble Jarosz said, “I’m really looking forward to working hard, having fun, and making the most of this amazing opportunity.” Training camps will open on April 24th.
The Dallas Wings, formerly known as the Tulsa Shock, will be entering their first season with a new franchise name. Finishing at 30-21, the Shock lost in the Western Conference semi-finals last season and hope to improve with all-stars Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims. Look out, we might see Tori Jarosz sharing the court with them in the near future as a member of the WNBA.
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