What's up, you guys? This is Adriana Han, and this is my first ever live stream video that I'm doing on my first ever SportsCastr channel.
I'm so excited to be able to have the opportunity to work with sports Caster and to have this platform, especially in times like this, where Corona virus is making us all stay in our houses and we can't communicate with one another.
Um, and so we get to talk about sports even though sports aren't aren't being watched as much on TV and gives have cancelled on a lot of seasons are done.
Um, it's really important that we can, you know, utilize channels like these ones where we can talk to each other and study the game's more and just talk All sports, Um, and so I just want to tell you guys a little bit about myself.
Um, I went to Villanova, graduated in May of 2019 from from Wilmington, Delaware.
Ah, I was, Ah, three time Gary player of the Year at Ursuline Academy, and it is the same high school that Elena Della Donne want to just pretty cool.
We have a very close relationship, which is very unique, but, um, in high school, I also won two state championships and got recruited pretty heavily from multiple colleges.
Umm, all over the East Coast, Thio Ah, the West Coast and big Conference is like the sec, Big East.
And I wanted to stay close to home.
What was my main reason why I went to Villanova? Um, and I had a good relationship with the coach.
I love the offensive system that they play there, and it just felt like home.
So I committed early October of my junior year of high school, so I literally knew where I was going to college.
Two years, Um, still remaining in high school, which is a cool experience, but eventually got to Villanova.
Ah, I got so bear number 31 which has been my number since I can remember playing sports.
Even when I started playing soccer, I was sold for 31 and I started, um, playing right away.
I didn't start, but I came off the bench and towards the end of the season, I actually got six.
Woman of the Year, which is pretty cool.
It's actually you know, pretty important to understand that when you go to a new program and you know you might play right away, there's gonna be older people ahead of you that have more experience than are more talented.
And you have to develop into the system and player to play for that program.
I'm in, you know, earn your spot on the team.
So I had to do that.
But, you know, I worked very hard.
And eventually I learned that starting spot my sop****re year, and I graduated again, made 2019 and after I left Villanova, I was able to accomplish being 1000 point score.
Um, I broke the villain of all time three point record for threes, and I also broke the Big East all time three point record.
And it's kind of crazy to think about right now with Corona virus ending so many seasons for, you know, all of these teams, but especially seniors who are now can no longer get this time back.
Ah, I was able to accomplish my records literally towards the end of my season and if this happened last year, I would have never accomplished those records, So it's crazy to think that Corona virus is happening now and to put our ourselves in senior shoes who literally could never play another basketball game for their university.
So it's very sad, Um, and when you aren't a player anymore, that's really hard to kind of swallow, especially in a sudden moment like this.
For me, when I left college, it was pretty hard to understand life.
And eventually, you know, I talked to a lot of people.
They helped me along the way, but I was lost for a long time.
My identity is a player because I no longer was one.
Ah, I didn't have a team with me all the time.
I didn't have my regular routine and schedule where you wake up, have practice or, you know, you get ready for your next game.
Your training in the summer to get better, get stronger, and there wasn't any of that for me.
I had three knee surgeries in high school.
I tore my A C L.
When I was in eighth grade when I was a sop****re in high school, I had a bone defect that required two knee surgeries.
It's pretty crazy.
And so That was a tough obstacle that I had to get through.
I mean, all of those injuries was at least a six month recovery and required major reconstructive surgery eventually.
You know, I got the rehab and therapy and everything worked out great.
And Villanova still wanted me to come to their school, which is pretty cool.
You know, sometimes schools will say, Oh, she's hurt or she's been through a couple injuries.
You know, they may not be able to play all four years or get through a college career.
Um, Villanova had faith in me, and they saw the potential that I had to play at the next level, and they believed in me.
So I'm really appreciative of the opportunity that they gave me, um, but going back to being no longer a player, Um, and the reason why I am no longer player is because my knees kind of, you know, shut down for me.
It's crazy to think about that.
I can actually admit this, but injuries can really end your career, and you have to take very good care of your body.
If you want your career to last long not saying that I didn't take care of my body properly, But I was a young kid dealing with injuries that I didn't think we're serious.
And I wasn't thinking about when I was 2122.
You know, an eighth grade freshman sop****re year of high school.
All I wanted was to get a scholarship to college, and especially when I was scoring and getting all of these records and awards.
You don't think about taking care of your body as much.
So ah, I no longer will be playing basketball because of my knees up in the recovery.
And, you know, because I didn't think about my age when I was younger, now going to think about my age when I'm 45 50 years old.
Hopefully being ableto, you know, function properly in honestly, playing professionally for women's basketball is not as enjoyable as you think.
Um, it's great to say you're a professional athlete and I cannot say that, um, and I know what it takes to get there, and I know how hard it is and how talented these women are that play in the WNBA, and they deserve a lot more.
I'm especially those who play overseas as well.
I had opportunities to play overseas internationally.
Um, I was talking to some agents here and there.
I was looking all over, and I decided not to go through with any of them, but it obviously it honestly wasn't worth it.
The salary was very, very low.
I would have had to go to a country, you know, a 10 hour plus plane right away.
Go to a country where I don't speak the language or I don't know anybody.
And, um, kind of abandoned and deserted and not making enough money and possibly not playing in the best league them, and playing the WNBA is also pretty challenging as well.
It's a three month season, which isn't that long, and they get paid very, very low.
Um, you know, unless you're one of the top 10 and have other endor*****ts that support you.
But it's not enjoyable, and things need to change for them.
So, you know, if there were better opportunities for women's basketball on professional and playing professional, even not in the United States were playing overseas, you know, then maybe I would have considered grinding my knees through that pain.
Or maybe it was worth it.
If I'm making a $1,000,000 a year, especially in a three month season, maybe it is worth it.
Thio, you know, fight through that season.
I'm not gonna be playing the entire game.
So maybe my 10 15 20 minutes here and there would sustain a three month season every summer.
So there's a lot of things to think about.
And I'm definitely gonna include all of these conversations and ideas that I have into more channels.
Um, I'm gonna be doing this a lot more often.
Hopefully, I can just engaged guy's more and and comment below.
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Han, Um I'm on LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, facebook, tic tac I just created, which is pretty cool.
So utilize all these great channels that you have especially SportsCastr.
Um, this is a really unique opportunity.
Ah, for people like myself and you guys to talk about sports and get together and hear what you think.
Um, I also think it's really important that you're able to get up.
Um, you know, speak in front of a live camera and speak to a live audience instead of typing it out on Twitter.
Or, you know, not even to call out Twitter.
But you're just writing to somebody and getting feedback from their writing comments.
Let's engage with one another.
You know, especially with Corona.
We can't even go outside or talk to people or go to school.
See, our friends is as often so get on here.
I'll definitely be posting more and can't wait.