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The Minnesota Lynx wrapped up day five of training camp on Thursday morning at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square in Minneapolis.
After Wednesday’s rookie’s only practice, the veterans returned to training camp on Thursday.
With a good mix of veterans and rookies in this year’s training camp, Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve talked about how depth will be a key component to this year’s team.
“In terms of how we feel as a coaching staff to have nine players that you know at any point in time you can put them on the floor and good things will happen, it’s probably the first time we’ve had that,” Reeve said after practice on Thursday. “Others got opportunities because I didn’t want Lindsay (Whalen) and Seimone (Augustus) to play 35 minutes (per game) . . . And then how they do on the floor determines if they get to stay out longer. This year, it comes down to, if you perform you will stay.
With many veterans returning from the 2016 squad, the Lynx will be looking for some newcomers to rely on to continue to add to the depth of the second unit and help relieve the starting five.
“Obviously, we have a great and successful team. . . And that’s another thing that makes our group great, we have a lot of tool here and in this building that we can use to take care of our bodies,” Whalen said. “We have such a great thing going here, we just want to keep it going, keep the success going and keep the fun going.
Jones Making Early Impressions At Camp
In her first week in the WNBA and in training camp, Alexis Jones has made early impressions on the coaching staff.
Jones, a 5-foot-9 guard out of Baylor, was selected by the Lynx with the No. 12 pick in the WNBA Draft about two weeks ago.
“We knew Alexis Jones was good. We were surprised she was there (at No. 12 in the draft). She’s been very good, she’s a very good basketball player,” Reeve said of the rookie guard. “We have ourselves a good player there.”