End-Season Reflection: Kelsey Bone

By Ros Gold-Onwude

Kelsey Bone appeared in all 34 games (two starts), averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, she ranked third and fifth, respectively among all rookies in rebounding and scoring. Bone was the second player in Liberty history to be named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team.

Where are you playing overseas?

I am going to play in Istanbul, Turkey for Galatasaray.

Are you nervous about leaving the U.S. for an extended period of time?

No Im not nervous. Ive heard really good things about Istanbul. Ive heard Americans dont have too hard a time adjusting. Im pretty excited! I have to go to the doctor and also have to get a visa; its my first time going overseas.

What are your plans before you get ready to head to Turkey?

First thing Ill do is go home to Houston, Texas. After that Ill go back to College Station at Texas A&M to be honored at a football game. I was named to the SEC Spring Sports Honor Roll and they will bring me out at halftime during a football game. After that Im just looking forward to my moms cooking and I will definitely be making a visit to the beauty shop.

How would you evaluate your rookie year in the WNBA?

I enjoyed being here. It was a learning process and Im glad to get this first year under my wings. There were good and bad days. One of the best things is that I played with and learned from legends in Katie Smith and Delisha Milton-Jones. As a rookie I got to learn from two players who know what it takes to play in the league for a long time.

How would you evaluate your rookie year off of the court and in communities?

I think I had the opportunity to make good connections, talk with people about my foundation and let people know what I want to do. I was able to bounce ideas off of people and think more about what which way I want to go. I enjoyed working with the Brooklyn Childrens Museum. When working with them I witnessed ways to effect kids positively.