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The Minnesota Lynx announced on Monday that the team has signed forward Cecilia Zandalasini for the remainder of the 2017 season.
Who is Zandalasini and what has she done in her career prior to coming to Minnesota? I’m glad you asked, imaginary person.
Here’s all you need to know about the newest member of the Lynx:
Get To Know Her
Zandalasini is 21 years old, having been born on March 16, 1996 in Italy.
A 6-foot-1 Broni, Italy native, Zandalasini is a young, speedy and athletic player that primarily plays forward.
You can follow Zandalasini on Twitter here: @Ceci_Zanda
An Impressive Resume
Zandalasini has a good mix of being able to handle the ball, make athletic plays and shoot well from basically anywhere on the floor.
She most recently spent time with Italy in FIBA EuroBasket competition, averaging 19 points, 9.6 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 51 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 88.9 percent from the free throw line.
At FIBA EuroBasket, she ranked second in scoring, third in field goal accuracy, second in three-point accuracy, second in free throw accuracy, third in rebounding and second in double-doubles (3).
Zandalasini earned All-Star Five honors at FIBA EuroBasket in 2017, highlighted by scoring 20 or more points in three of seven games, including a 25-point, 14-rebound performance against Latvia.
Prior to that, Zandalasini played 36 games with Famila Schio in LegA competition, averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
She also played 16 games with Famila Schio in EuroLeague, finishing with 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
In 2016, Zandalasini also led Italy at the FIBA U20 European Championship, averaging 22 points, nine rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.6 assists and 1.4 blocks per game and was named the Most Valuable Player.
What She Can Bring To The Lynx
Zandalasini can add many elements to the current Lynx team in numerous aspects of the game.
As you can tell in the highlight videos above, Zandalasini thrives on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Offensively, she has the ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor, while also being able to drive into the paint and utilize her speed and athleticism.
Defensively, she’s capable of stealing the ball and can protect the paint with her blocking ability.
How will her game translate to the WNBA? Well, we are about to find out. But Zandalasini could end up being a valuable piece to the Lynx as they gear up for another playoff run coming up in September.