Regina Robles invited to tryouts for the WNBA Houston Comets
By Dean Greenaway
West Georgia graduate Regina Robles has been invited to tryouts for the
WNBA Houston Comets from January 17 to February 4. Robles spent her
Christmas vacation here and conducted a basketball camp at the Bell Vue
Gym for 12 young girls.
Robles' pathway to the Comets tryouts began last July, when one of the
team scouts who knew her from her college days, visited the BVI and put
her through a series of vigorous workouts to prepare for the camp. Since
then, Robles has been conditioning herself accordingly but admits to a bit
of doubt as the time drew nearer.
"I get a little weary and I always have the fear of 'what if I'm not good
enough?' but, if I always put my best foot forward during the camp, that
is what it will do and all that I can give," she said. "I know I will be
one of the top five picked."
She will go through the team camp for nine days, followed by two days of
one on one drills for three hours each day working on ability and stamina.
"After that there'll be the contract signing followed by a month of free
agency where other teams are there to see you after the camp and they can
offer you a contract."
Robles says while her commitment camp is with the Houston Comets she will
weigh her options for the month that she'll be a free agent. "Since other
teams can pursue me, it will be whoever gives the best contract."
Terry Chinnery has been chosen as her manager and her mother Dr. Sylvia
Simmons is her agent. Robles says she has selected those who will have her
best interest at heart and will not undermine or back stab her. "I want to
make sure that the contract and everything that I do helps me grow as well
as help the team, that's why I have them as the backbone," she explained.
"I have a teammate who went overseas to play and her agent did some
things to her. I hear a lot of different things and even though my mom is
not a real 'agent' I know she can sell me really well. Anything that
comes through her is going to come through Chinnery and I before we take
it back to the table so, it will be alright."
Robles is taking the semester off from Emory Law School to purse her dream
of playing basketball professionally.
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