Connor McCaffrey, a former Iowa Hawkeyes males’s basketball participant and boyfriend of sharpshooter Caitlin Clark, fired off 4 emojis in response to criticism from WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes.
Swoopes appeared on Gilbert Arenas’ podcast final week and predicted that Clark and LSU star Angel Reese wouldn’t have fast success within the WNBA. Swoopes stated Clark wouldn’t have the ability to do what she is doing on the school stage within the professional ranks instantly.
McCaffrey posted 4 hat emojis in response to Swoopes’ remarks on ESPN’s Instagram account. Translation: McCaffrey believes Swoopes is telling a lie.
He could also be a bit of biased contemplating he and Clark are relationship. Final week, he posted a particular birthday message to Clark, expressing his admiration for her as she offers with the constant media circus and her pursuit of setting NCAA Division I ladies’s school basketball’s scoring document.
Swoopes stated Wednesday that it could not be a cakewalk for 2 of the most effective on the collegiate stage, citing the competitors inside the WNBA and the restricted roster spots.
“Angel will ultimately be a great professional. I don’t assume Angel will come into the league instantly and dominate the best way folks assume she is going to,” Swoopes stated. “And I say that for individuals who have by no means watched a WNBA game; it’s good. Like, there’s expertise. Like, these ladies can play. And since there’s only a few roster spots, like, it’s an actual job.”
“Folks have a look at new gamers coming in, whether or not that’s out of faculty, gamers who’ve been abroad, they usually have a look at that and say, ‘Oh, you making an attempt to come back take my job.’ Like, no, it’s not going to be that straightforward,” she continued.
“So, will Caitlin Clark be a great professional? Completely. Will Caitlin Clark come into the WNBA and do what she’s doing proper now, instantly? Completely not. Not going to occur.”
In the meantime, Clark moved to No. 2 all time within the Division I scoring document books.
She scored 38 factors on Saturday in opposition to Maryland. She wants 66 factors to cross Kelsey Plum on high of the scoring checklist.
Clark has 3,462 factors at Iowa. Plum had 3,527 factors at Washington from 2013-17. Kansas nice Lynette Woodard holds the ladies’s school basketball document wit 3,649 factors from 1978-81. The mark was set earlier than the NCAA took over ladies’s sports activities from the Affiliation for Intercollegiate Athletics for Girls.
The Related Press contributed to this report.