April 16, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Six-foot-two forward Drey Mingo has been invited to the Washington Mystics' training camp. The AP honorable mention All-American will sign a rookie contract with the Mystics and head to D.C. for the start of training camp May 5.
The sixth-year senior was contacted by her agent shortly before the conclusion of the WNBA draft on Monday night with two training camp offers. Mingo felt the Mystics were the better fit for her.
"I'm incredibly honored and excited for the chance to pursue my dream of playing in the WNBA," Mingo said. "And I would like to thank the Mystics for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization."
Mingo averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds this past season, earning the Most Outstanding Player award for Big Ten Tournament after leading Purdue to a second-straight tournament championship. In the title game against Michigan State, Mingo scored a season-high 24 points, hitting 10-of-11 field goals for a tournament record 90.9 percent from the floor.
Mingo helped lead Purdue to a 25-9 record overall and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, earning third team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches. She scored in double-figures a team-high 25 times, with five double-doubles as a senior.
She has earned multiple national honors for her perseverance and community service, including a finalist for both the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup and the Senior CLASS Award. She was named to the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, was a quarterfinalist for the CBS Courage in Sports award and the winner of both the Giant Steps Courageous Student-Athlete and the Methodist Sports Medicine Brady Comeback Scholarship Award.
Mingo started a not-for-profit organization, Sounds of Serenity to assist children with hearing loss.
The Mystics finished 5-29 in 2012 and have hired Mike Thibault as the general manager and head coach. Thibault spent 10 seasons with the Connecticut Sun where he was a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year. Washington had three picks in Monday night's draft, selecting Ohio State's Tayler Hill at No. 4, St. John's Nadirah McKenith at No. 17 and Emma Meesseman, a 6-foot-4 center from Belgium with the No. 19 pick.
Washington has two exhibition games scheduled, starting with a May 15 matchup against the Brazil National Team and against Minnesota in Bismark, N.D., on May 18. WNBA rosters will be paired down to 11 players by the start of the season.
Purdue assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton was a member of the Washington Mystics last season.
The Washington Mystics will open the 2013 regular season May 27 against the Tulsa Shock in a game that will be televised live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. Washington's home opener is set for June 2 at 4 p.m. against the Atlanta Dream.