Heidi McNeill Enjoying Pro Career In Austria
Heidi McNeill is continuing to thrive professionally in Europe.
The former forward on the women's basketball team, who graduated last year, has played in 11 games for WBC Raiffeisen Wels, a pro team in Austria. (Web site is in German)
McNeill, who is from Oak Harbor, Wash., recently described the experience to a reporter from the Whidbey (Island) News-Times. The forward mentioned some of the differences in the pro game than in Division I, where practices are longer and players condition at practice. The team has free access to a local health club. Once a week, the athletes will meet with a fitness instructor who will work on their conditioning. Otherwise, practice time is devoted to skill development.
The language barrier has not been a problem either for McNeill. She's picking up rudimentary German, and most of her teammates speak English anyways. There have been some cultural differences, but McNeill said she's had no problems adjusting.
As always, we plan on keeping Husky fans updated on the professional endeavors of our former student-athletes, so keep it tuned to this space.
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