West Virginia women’s basketball senior Kysre Gondrezick has said often since the beginning of the 2020-21 season that this would be her final year playing at the college level.
Tuesday she again announced her intentions, declaring for the 2021 WNBA Draft. Because the NCAA froze the eligibility for all winter sport student-athletes this year, Gondrezick had the option of returning to the college ranks again next season, but instead she is going to attempt to earn a place on a professional squad.
“Being a student-athlete at West Virginia University has been such a blessing in my life,” Gondrezick Tweeted Tuesday. “I have met so many amazing people, and I have built relationships that will last a lifetime.
“I’m grateful for the education, memories and experiences that West Virginia has given me.
“Playing for West Virginia has been the privilege of a lifetime. I can’t thank my coaches and teammates enough. Thank you for pushing me to be my very best every day. I am so proud of what we accomplished this season. To the best fans in the country, thank you for always cheering me on night in and night out and making my time in Morgantown so special.
“I will begin this next chapter of my life full of gratitude for my time at West Virginia, and I’m excited to declare for the 2021 WNBA Draft.
“Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer. Kysre Gondrezick #2”
A 5-foot-9 guard who is a native of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Gondrezick began her college career at the University of Michigan, where she averaged 14.9 points per game as a freshman and earned second-team all-Big Ten notice. She transferred to West Virginia after that lone year with the Wolverines. Gondrezick had to sit out the 2017-18 season due to the transfer and then played in only five games in the 2018-19 campaign, but after that took on a lead role for the Mountaineers. She averaged 15.3 points per game as a junior, and then this past season, she improved that to 19.5 points per game. She earned first-team all-Big 12 and honorable mention A.P. All-American recognition as a senior. Gondrezick helped lead WVU to a 22-7 record this past season and a berth in the NCAA Championships. She scored a total of 1,011 points in her career at West Virginia, becoming the 37th player from the women’s program to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.
The Mountaineers have had nine alums drafted by the WNBA over the years, including Kate Bulger (2004), Yolanda Paige (2005), Meg Bulger (2007), Olayinka Sanni (2008), Asya Bussie (2014), Bria Holmes (2016), Lanay Montgomery (2017), Teana Muldrow (2018) and Tynice Martin (2020).
According to ESPN.com, Gondrezick is projected to be a second or third round pick in this year’s WNBA Draft.
The three-round WNBA Draft will be held April 15. The league is expected to start its season within a few weeks of its draft, but its exact schedule has not been released yet.