Sydney Wiese

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Sydney Wiese
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No. 24 – Los Angeles Sparks
PositionPoint guard
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-06-16) June 16, 1995 (age 23)
Phoenix, Arizona
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Career information
High schoolPinnacle (Phoenix, Arizona)
CollegeOregon State (2013–2017)
WNBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentLos Angeles Sparks
2017–2018Townsville Fire
2018–presentA.S. Ramat HaSharon
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Sydney Wiese (born June 16, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). A four-time All Pac-12 Team point guard and third-team All American during her collegiate career with the Oregon State University Beavers, Wiese was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Sydney Wiese was born June 16, 1995 in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Pinnacle High School in Phoenix.[1] She was a star player at Pinnacle, playing under her father, rookie head coach Troy Wiese, during her senior year.[1] During her high school career she helped lead the Pioneers to three appearances in the Arizona state high school basketball championships.[2]

During her senior year, Wiese averaged 18.5 points and 5.2 assists per game en route to being named the 2013 Arizona Big Schools Player of the Year.[2]

College career[edit]

A point guard for the Oregon State University Beavers, Wiese ended her career with school records in assists and three pointers made.[3] She also holds the Pac-12 conference record for career three pointers made, with 373.[4]

Wiese was named to the All Pac-12 Team by a vote of coaches and members of the news media throughout her college career,[1] becoming one of just 13 players in the history of the conference to be so recognized for all four seasons of their collegiate career.[5] She was also one of ten semi-finalists for the 2017 Naismith Award as collegiate player of the year and was a third team member of the AP All-American Team.[1]

Wiese was a member of the 2015 USA Basketball team which won a gold medal at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.[6]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Oregon State 30 33.4 .459 .441 .762 3.3 4.0 1.2 0.2 13.6
2014–15 Oregon State 29 32.0 .462 .438 .841 2.6 5.6 0.6 0.3 12.6
2015–16 Oregon State 21 31.6 .427 .370 .769 6.0 4.9 1.3 0.6 12.1
2016–17 Oregon State 30 33.9 .457 .472 .841 5.0 4.7 0.9 0.1 15.4
Career Oregon State 110 32.7 .453 .437 .806 4.1 4.8 1.0 0.3 13.5

Source[7]

Professional career[edit]

WNBA[edit]

Wiese was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.[4] Wiese would play off the bench for the Sparks in her rookie season. In just her second game, Wiese scored a career-high 22 points along with 6 three-pointers off the bench in a 99-89 victory over the Washington Mystics.[8] By the end of the season, Wiese averaged 2.3 ppg and the Sparks were the number 2 seed in the league with a 26-8 record, receiving a double-bye to the semifinals. The Sparks would advance to the Finals for the second season in a row after defeating the Phoenix Mercury in a 3-game sweep of the semi-finals, setting up a rematch with the Minnesota Lynx. The Sparks had a 2-1 series lead in the Finals, but would lose the next two games.

In 2018, Wiese would have an unproductive season, playing 11 games without scoring any points while receiving barely any playing time. The Sparks were the number 6 seed in the league with a 19-15 record. They would defeat the championship-defending Minnesota Lynx in the first round elimination game 75-68. In the second round elimination game, the Sparks would lose 96-64 to the Washington Mystics.

Overseas[edit]

In 2017, Wiese signed with the Townsville Fire of the Women's National Basketball League for the 2017-18 off-season.[9] In 2018, she signed with A.S. Ramat Hasharon, an Israel D1 team for the 2018-19 off-season. [10]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Los Angeles 28 0 7.9 .383 .400 .500 0.8 0.3 0.1 0.1 2.3
2018 Los Angeles 11 0 3.3 .000 .000 .000 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career 2 years, 1 team 39 0 6.6 .359 .359 .500 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.0 1.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Los Angeles 1 0 0.5 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 Los Angeles 1 0 2.8 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career 2 years, 1 team 2 0 1.7 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Personal life[edit]

Wiese is the daughter of Patti and Troy Wiese and has an older sibling. Her mother Patti is a church administrator and her father Troy is a sixth-grade teacher and high school girls' basketball coach.[11] Wiese is also a Christian who has been involved in her church in Phoenix, participating in church youth programs and summer camps.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sydney Wiese," WNBA.com.
  2. ^ a b Brett Miller, "Adversity is a Good Thing: An Interview with the WNBA's Sydney Wiese," KMRS/KKOK, April 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Steve Gress, "Wiese Adjusting to New Role in WNBA," Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Kelsey Plum Drafted First Overall by the Stars, Sparks Select Sydney Wiese," Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "OSU's Sydney Wiese Named Finalist for Wooden Award," KVAL-TV, kval.com, March 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Sydney Wiese," USA Basketball.com.
  7. ^ "Sydney Wiese #24, G, Oregon St". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  8. ^ Rookie Sydney Wiese scores 22, Sparks top Mystics 99-89
  9. ^ WNBA Players Playing Overseas
  10. ^ Sydney Wiese is a newcomer at Ramat Hasharon
  11. ^ a b 21 Sydney Wiese

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