After a week of training camp and two back-to-back preseason games, the Chicago Sky continue to rebuild and retool in week two. After waiving Amber Harris and Makayla Epps late last week, the Sky signed 6-foot-5 center Renee Bennett in free agency and were joined by veterans Allie Quigley and Cheyenne Parker who finished up their overseas commitments.
The Sky fell to Atlanta 78-61 on Sunday and Indiana 79-65 on Monday afternoon. Head coach and GM Amber Stocks was eager for the opportunity to play around with different roster combinations and how rookies would compete. The Sky are still without their veteran point guard, Courtney Vandersloot and the No. 3 overall draft pick, Diamond DeShields, who will join the team this week after finishing up overseas.
Remember, the Sky organization has undergone massive changes in leadership and roster turnover. Stocks has been pleased with the level of competition and energy up until this point, fully understanding that in moments of change, great things take time and it is crucial to continue to trust the process. “Camp is going great. I feel like we are way ahead of schedule with the intangibles. The chemistry is great, the energy is great and very quickly we feel like a team,” said Stocks.
No. 2 draft pick Gabby Williams brings a versatility offensively and defensively that the Sky did not have before. “She is coming along, it is a lot of new information, it is a lot to learn. She will continue to develop and I see her confidence growing each and every day,” Stocks said. Williams logged 30 total minutes in both preseason games.
Alaina Coates, the No. 2 draft pick from 2017, is also coming along. “She is coming off some time off and from the injury. She is doing well for a rookie post player. The vets are taking her under their wing, but at the same time beating up on her inside,” said Stocks.
It is a process. There is certainly a lot of talent currently on the roster and even more to be added this week. It will be interesting the final moves and cuts headed into the roster deadline on May 17 when all teams must be cut down to 12 players.
In their final preseason game, the Sky will travel to Minnesota to take on the Lynx on Saturday, May 12. The regular season will begin on the road against the Fever on Saturday, May 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.