“Adversity Is A Good Thing” – Interview With The WNBA’s Sydney Wiese 22 Apr 17

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Radio Sports Director

With the 11th pick in April’s WNBA Draft, the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks selected Oregon St. guard Sydney Wiese.

Wiese is coming off a decorated college career for the Beavers which includes becoming the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time three-point leader with 373.

Wiese was a 2016-17 All-American averaging 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game as a senior, ranking 16th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (42.6). Wiese ended her career as OSU’s all-time assists leader with 626, and ranks fifth on the Beavers all-time scoring list with 1,824 points.

Wiese attended Pinnacle High School in Phoenix where she led the Pioneers to three state basketball championship game appearances, and was named the Arizona Big Schools Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 18.5 points and 5.2 assists per game. 

Once at Oregon St., Wiese was an All-Pac-12 selection four times, helping the Beavers win two straight Pac-12 titles, and make an appearance in the 2016 Final Four. During that tournament run she was named to the Dallas Regional All-Tournament Team.

Wiese’s parents are Troy and Patti Wiese, Phoenix residents, but originally from Hancock, MN. Her grandparents are Dorothy and the late Gene Schmidgall, Ron and Dolores Wiese, who all hail from Hancock as well. 

Sydney Wiese makes the connection from the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, all to way to our rural Minnesota area, and I spoke with her about her basketball journey to this point:

*A special thanks to Sydney’s aunt Luann Brandt for the help in setting all this up.