Ann Wauters

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Ann Wauters
Anne Wauters - 2014.JPG
No. 12 – Royal Castors Braine
Position Center
League Belgian Women's Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1980-10-12) October 12, 1980 (age 38)
Sint-Gillis-Waas, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
WNBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Rockers
Playing career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2004 USV Olympic
2000–2002 Cleveland Rockers
2004–2005 New York Liberty
2005–2006 VBM-SGAU
2007–2009 CSKA Moscow
2008–2009 San Antonio Silver Stars
2009–2010 UMMC Ekaterinburg
2011–2012 Ros Casares Valencia
2012 Seattle Storm
2012–2013 Galatasaray Medical Park
2013–2014 UMMC Ekaterinburg
2014–2015 ESB Villeneuve-d'Ascq
2015–present Royal Castors Braine
Stats at WNBA.com

Ann Hilde Willy Wauters (born October 12, 1980 in Sint-Gillis-Waas, Belgium) is a Belgian professional basketball player who currently plays for Royal Castors Braine in the Belgian Women's Basketball League. Wauters played in the WNBA, most recently with the Seattle Storm. Her primary position is center.

Personal

Wauters began playing basketball at age 12. Her international professional basketball career began immediately after high school. She speaks Dutch, French and English. She wears jersey No. 12 because of her birthdate. In November 2010 her management announced that Wauters was 3 months pregnant with her first child. Her wife,[1] Lot Wielfaert, is also pregnant and set to give birth a month before Wauters. It was immediately added that this would not mean the end of her career, as Lot will be the stay at home mother to their two children while Wauters returns to work as a professional basketball player, likely somewhere in Europe. The next year she will play in Ros Casares Valencia.

WNBA career

Wauters was drafted No. 1 overall in 2000 WNBA Draft by the Cleveland Rockers. She was the first Belgian-born player in the WNBA. When the team selected her, she was considered a project and raw talent. Having only played basketball for 7 years prior to the draft, Wauters quickly blended in with the big-name centers.

In 2004 she was moved to the New York Liberty. She played two seasons for the Liberty before leaving the WNBA in 2006. She was an All Star Reserve in 2005.

On February 6, 2008, Wauters was selected by the Atlanta Dream in the expansion draft.

On April 9, 2008, Wauters, along with Morenike Atunrase and a 2009 second round draft pick, was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars for Camille Little, Chioma Nnamaka, and the Silver Stars' first round pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft.[2]

Wauters played for the Silver Stars in 2009, but decided not to join with the team in 2010; she also did not join the team in 2011 as she was pregnant.[3] Her current team as of 2012 is the Seattle Storm. Wauters did not rejoin the Seattle Storm for the 2013 WNBA season though because she needed to spend time with her family.

Awards and honors

Team

Individual

  • European player of year: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008
  • EuroLeague Final Four MVP: 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Best foreign player in France: 2001
  • Best center of European championship in Greece: 2003
  • WNBA All-Star 2005

Vital statistics

References

  1. "Echtgenote van Ann Wauters: 'Samen zwanger zijn is heerlijk'". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). November 16, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2012. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "WNBA: Silver Stars again make splash with draft-day trade".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Silver Stars Center Ann Wauters Will Not Play In WNBA In 2010

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