Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of the Washington Mystics is enjoying a breakout season for the WNBA franchise, and she attributes her success to studying the game and mentality of the Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum, reports Lindsay Gibbs of the Athletic. Walker-Kimbrough became a student of McCollum’s game after looking for inspiration from other shooting guards. After a disappointing initial season with the Mystics, she embraced McCollum’s underdog mentality.
[Walker-Kimbrough] was especially drawn to McCollum’s confidence, the way he carried himself, his back story. McCollum was not a heavily sought after high school prospect; he played college basketball for a small school, Lehigh, and became the first player from that school ever drafted into the NBA. Early in his career, he struggled to get regular playing time. But he battled through it all and now is one of the best players in the league.
Thanks to her studies of McCollum’s game, Walker-Kimbrough is now a cornerstone of the Mystics’ bench after being buried in the rotation last season. You can read more about how McCollum has motivated Walker-Kimbrough here.