Erika Valek

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Erika Valek
College Purdue
Sport Basketball
Position point guard
Jersey # 33
Nickname Erika
Career 2000–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality Colombian
Born (1982-04-09) April 9, 1982 (age 33)
Bucaramanga, Colombia
High school Coronado High School
Erika Valek
Personal information
Born April 9, 1982
Bucaramanga, Colombia

Erika Yaneth Valek (born April 9, 1982 in Bucaramanga, Colombia) is a former college basketball player for the Purdue Boilermakers.

High school[edit]

Valek played for Lubbock Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, where she was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 2000 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored six points.[1]


Valek, a point guard, won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the best women's college basketball player under 5'8" in 2004.[2] She was also named to the 2003 All-Big Ten team and the 2003 NCAA East Regional all-tournament team.[3]


She was drafted in the 2004 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock and was traded with college teammate Shereka Wright and Sheila Lambert for Chandi Jones in a draft day deal to the Phoenix Mercury.[4] Valek, however, was cut by the Mercury before the regular season and did not play for the team.[5]


  1. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ "Frances Pomeroy Naismith". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  3. ^ Player Bio: Erika Valek.
  4. ^ Associated Press. Phoenix set to rise from ashes with Taurasi, USA Today, April 17, 2004.
  5. ^ Pelton, Kevin. STORM: 2005 point guard prospects,, April 7, 2005.

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