Like last season, Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre returns to “fishing” in the US market with a player chosen in the last WNBA Draft. After the failed attempt with Kionna Jeter –she did not make her debut with the red jersey–, the entity from Bierzo Alto is betting this time on Jazz Bond, a 193-centimetre-tall center chosen in the 31st position by the Dallas Wings and with an outstanding career in the Collegiate League of America (NCAA) with the North Florida Ospreys. Although Cherin Miller was selected in 2009, Bond would therefore be the first player to play for the Bercian team directly from the Draft.

Born 24 years ago in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Bond came to the Jacksonville-based institution after spending a year inactive as a redshirt to comply with NCAA transfer regulations. In 2018 she began her career in North Florida, where she had an extraordinary last year, averaging more than 15 points and almost 8 rebounds per game. She also added good percentages in the throws of two and three. The three previous years were also successful, with good numbers and several awards. She began her university stage at the University of South Florida, where she met the Catalans Ariadna Pujol and Laia Flores, as well as Maria Jespersen.

Finally, despite participating in the training camp and playing a few minutes in a preseason game with the Dallas Wings, Bond was not included in the definitive roster of the Texan franchise, which included one of the latest additions from Perfumerías Avenida, Moriah Jefferson, now at the Minnesota Lynx. Players such as the German Satou Sabally, runner-up in the Women’s Euroleague with Fenerbahçe, are also known; Finnish international Awak Kuier, who last season played for Italian side Passalacqua Ragusa; and the American Arike Ogunbowale, one of the top scorers in the main competition of American women’s basketball.

“She is called to play a good role in the Endesa Women’s League”

Based on the above, the coach of Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre, Pepe Vázquez, is “very happy with this signing. She is a player who has had an outstanding career in her university stage”, argues the Galician coach, who adds that “this has helped her to be drafted and participate in a training camp. She comes to be important”, emphasizes the coach from Santiago de Compostela, who admits that she “has the handicap that she is perhaps thin for European basketball. She is very talented and she is going to surprise ”, he points out.

In this sense, the coach of the team from the capital of Bierzo Alto explains that she is “a player capable of doing many things. She comes to play an important role”, reiterates the coach of the Boeza villa squad, who considers that she “is a very complete player. Obviously, due to his height and size, he should be intimidating in defence”, explains Vázquez, who insists that “he is versatile despite his size and in attack he is capable of throwing the ball to the ground and doing damage from long distance and on the post. bass. She is called to play a good role in the Endesa Women’s League”, she adds.

For her part, the new center of the Bierzo Alto team is described as “an ambitious player with the ability to do a lot of damage in attack. I try to put a lot of passion into my game, but always with good sense”, clarifies the former player from the University of North Florida, who also sees herself as “a team player, very competitive and who will do whatever it takes to gain. My goal from now on is to be able to show the best version of myself every day and do the little things that help the team to succeed”, she signs.

“He shows a lot of enthusiasm to face this first professional experience”

His new coach, yes, hopes, first of all, “that he adapts well. In the first professional experiences away from home, adaptation is very important”, recognizes Pepe Vázquez, whose first impression has been “very good. He shows great enthusiasm to face this first professional experience in a very powerful competition”, argues the coach from Santiago, who reiterates that “he comes with the desire and desire to show his quality”.

For her part, the American player is excited about her arrival in Bembibre, whose team, she says, “is always competitive.” Likewise, she appreciates the treatment received from the club at the first contact: “The coach and the other members of the coaching staff and the club have been very close in welcoming me to the team. They are very welcoming and I am really looking forward to getting started,” she concludes.