Rolle partners with Bahamian agents
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 10, 2013
Waltiea Rolle, the first Bahamian basketball player to be drafted to the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), will use Bahamian agents instead of seeking international representation to assist her with selecting a team in Europe.
Rolle, the 6-foot-6 center who played with the University of North Carolina (Tarheels), recently signed with the Excel Management Group, headed by Jackie Rolle, Keith Dean and Lathera Lockhart. Rolle sees this new venture as a way of opening up doors and creating partnerships for other Bahamians who may be awarded opportunities.
“A lot of doors have been opened for me so I just want to give back. This was something that I always wanted to do, and now that I have gotten the endorsement I can do more,” she said.
“I came from humble beginnings, started out small. There were many who encouraged and assisted me in this journey, made it possible for me to better myself. I feel that working alongside the Bahamian company and a couple of other companies and coaches here, the chances for more Bahamians will be greater. Besides, who can take better care of me than a Bahamian.”
Rolle was one of four selections made by the Minnesota Lynx in the April 15 draft, held in Bristol, Connecticut. She was selected in the third round. In the first round, the Lynx chose Lindsey Moore of Nebraska. Moore was the 12th pick in that round. The other picks for the Lynx were Sugar Rodgers and Chucky Jeffery, both were selected in the second round at 14 and 24 respectively. The three players have already signed contracts with the Lynx and are expected to start with the team when the season opens on June 1 against Connecticut.
As for Rolle, she will not join up with the Lynx until next year, opting to finish her studies before heading to Europe to play basketball on the international circuit. Rolle completed her final two courses in late July and will graduate in December.
Rolle was a key player in the Tarheels’ system this season and was voted to the ACC All-Defensive team. She ranked second in the conference in blocks and was third on the offensive boards. She missed 10 games in the beginning part of the 2011 season after giving birth to her daughter Carlisa Rolle.