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Former WVU Star Kysre Gondrezick Waived by Indiana Fever



Kysre Gondrezick
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The West Virginia player selected the highest ever in the WNBA Draft is no longer with the team that picked her.

In a one-sentence press release issued Tuesday, the Indiana Fever announced that they waived Kysre Gondrezick.

Selected No. 4 overall by the Fever in the 2021 draft – less than a year ago – Gondrezick played in 19 games for the Fever last season, averaging 1.9 points, one rebound and 0.9 assists in 9.1 minutes per-game as a rookie. Gondrezick’s best game came on May 30 in a loss in Las Vegas, where she tallied eight points on 3 of 4 shooting, along with three assists and a steal in 15 minutes of action.

Gondrezick stopped playing with the Fever in mid-July, last appearing in a game for them on July 11, where she saw two minutes of playing time in a win over the Atlanta Dream. At the time, the team said Gondrezick was stepping away for “personal reasons.” In a tweet in November, Gondrezick said her “mental health was at high risk” and she “lost sight” of the “fun in the game” of basketball after the sudden death of her father Grant, 57, who played in the NBA with the Suns and Clippers in the 1980s.

“I realize now that prioritizing my mental health was the most important lesson of all to move past unlearned lessons that caused continued pain and trauma,” Gondrezick wrote in a tweeted statement on Nov. 22.

Gondrezick was a two-time All-Big 12 selection for Mike Carey’s Mountaineers, playing three seasons in Morgantown after transferring in from Michigan. The native of Benton Harbor, Michigan – where she recently had her high school jersey retired – finished her WVU career ranking fourth all-time in career scoring average with 17.14 points per-game.

As a senior for West Virginia in the 2020-21 campaign, Gondrezick was an All-Big 12 First Team selection and an honorable mention All-American after averaging 19.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds per-game while shooting 42.1% from the floor and 36.4% from three-point range. She was fifth in the nation in minutes played (1,046) and ranked 28th in offensive win shares (5.8), according to HerHoopStats.

Despite several injuries down the stretch of the season, Gondrezick helped the Mountaineers appear in the Big 12 title game and in the second round of the NCAA tournament. WVU was ranked as high as No. 17 in the AP Top 25 poll in the 2020-21 season.

Gondrezick had a year of collegiate eligibility remaining due to an NCAA COVID-era ruling, but she left WVU and declared for the WNBA Draft. She was selected 25 spots higher than what ESPN’s mock draft projected.

For the Indiana Fever – whose general manager is Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings – Gondrezick is the second straight lottery pick the team has cut loose. Baylor’s Lauren Cox, the No. 3 pick in the 2020 draft, was waived by the team back in June. Cox finished this past season with the LA Sparks.

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