Jayco Opals youngsters taken in 2014 WNBA Draft

Jayco Opals youngsters taken in 2014 WNBA Draft

Jayco Australian Opals camp is a buzz with excitement, with the news talented young duo Carley Mijovic and Stephanie Talbot were selected in the 2014 WNBA Draft today.

Mijovic (right), the 2012 WNBL Rookie of the Year, was selected at pick 30 by the Washington Mystics, while Talbot, the 2013 WNBL Rookie of the Year, is Mijovic_400headed to the Phoenix Mercury after being selected at pick 33 overall.

Currently on the Gold Coast as part of the Jayco Opals camp, the duo had barely walked off the court from their morning training session to discover they have joined a long and illustrious list of Australian players to be drafted to the WNBA.

Coming off a strong first season for the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL, Mijovic has impressed Jayco Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce and is currently one of the leading players for the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence (CoE) Women’s team in the SEABL.

The 19-year-old said the selection came as a shock, but gives her a major boost for the remainder of the Jayco Opals training camp on the Gold Coast.

“I just got off the phone to Mum and my twitter just went crazy and I saw my name tagged in all these tweets saying that I was drafted to the WNBA,” Mijovic said.

“I wasn’t sure what to make of it initially, but fortunately Leilani Mitchell (Jayco Opals teammate and New York Liberty WNBA guard) calmed me down and told me I was drafted to the WNBA, which is really exciting.

“It’s been a great camp here on the Gold Coast so far and this the perfect boost to keep me up and going for the rest of the week.”

It was a tough 2103/14 season for Talbot, with a knee injury ending her campaign after just 15 games after helping the Jayco Australian Games win bronze at the 2013 FIBA Under 19 World Championships in July – where she was a teammate alongside Mijovic.

Talbot has also enjoyed a strong start to the SEABL with the Women’s CoE team, helping the squad to a 3-0 start to season, posting a triple-double in the team’s recent win over Albury-Wodonga.

There is already a strong Aussie presence in Phoenix, with Penny Taylor – a two-time WNBA Champion at the franchise – joined by Jayco Opals great Head Coach Sandy Brondello and Erin Phillips, joining the team during the off-season after being traded from the Indiana Fever.