Former Duke women's basketball forward Peters signs with WNBA's MysticsSenior and former Duke forward Haley Peters was left feeling disappointed after she did not hear her name called at the WNBA draft. That feeling, however, did not last long.
The day following the draft, the Washington Mystics reached out to Peters regarding a possible position on their roster. Only a week later, Peters signed a training camp contract with the Mystics.
"I found out the day after the draft Washington was going to give me chance to be at their training camp and to compete for a spot," Peters said. "It's a really good place for me to be at in terms of who they have and what needs they need to fill... I'm really excited about it."
At the WNBA draft, fellow Blue Devil seniors Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston were selected with the 11th and 12th overall picks. Although she said she is grateful for her opportunity with the Mystics, the feeling of going undrafted still stings.
"I was really disappointed on Monday right after the draft," Peters said. "I thought that there was a really good chance that I would get drafted. It was a long night after the draft trying to figure out what my options were."
In her final season at Duke, Peters averaged 11.2 points and a tied-for-team-best 7.6 rebounds.Known for her aggressive work on the boards, Peters ended her Duke career with 826 rebounds, good for sixth overall in program history.
She will not make the jump into the league all alone, as former Duke All-American Monique Currie also holds a roster spot on the Mystics. The pair of past Blue Devils will be led by Mike Thibault, reigning WNBA Coach of the Year, who has already established a connection with Peters through his friendship with Duke assistant coach Al Brown.
"Coach Thibault has been to a bunch of our practices," Peters said. "He's pretty good friends with Coach Brown on our staff, so I've gotten to know Coach Thibault a little bit. After our season ended this year, I was at a combine and I got to talk to him a little bit."
Peters will now report to Washington, D.C., for training camp, which starts Sunday. Washington kicks its season off May 16, giving Peters three weeks to earn her spot on the team.