Erika Valek

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Erika Valek
Personal information
Born (1982-04-09) April 9, 1982 (age 33)
Bucaramanga, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Listed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Career information
High school Coronado (Lubbock, Texas)
College Purdue (2000–2004)
WNBA draft 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Detroit Shock
Position Point guard
Number 33

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

High school[edit]

Born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, 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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