April 9, 1982 |
|Listed height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|High school||Coronado (Lubbock, Texas)|
|WNBA draft||2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Shock|
Erika Yaneth Valek (born April 9, 1982) is a former college basketball player for the Purdue Boilermakers.
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.
Valek, a point guard, won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the best women's college basketball player under 5'8" in 2004. She was also named to the 2003 All-Big Ten team and the 2003 NCAA East Regional all-tournament team.
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. Valek, however, was cut by the Mercury before the regular season and did not play for the team.
- "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014.
- "Frances Pomeroy Naismith". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014.
- Player Bio: Erika Valek.
- Associated Press. Phoenix set to rise from ashes with Taurasi, USA Today, April 17, 2004.
- Pelton, Kevin. STORM: 2005 point guard prospects, WNBA.com, April 7, 2005.
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