Dallas Wings center Imani McGee-Stafford announced early this week that she will miss the next two WNBA seasons to pursue a law degree from Southwestern Law School.
BREAKING: .@DallasWings center .@imanitrishawn_ Imani McGee-Stafford will forego the next two .@WNBA seasons to pursue a law degree from Southwestern Law School. Additionally, McGee-Stafford has been placed on the team’s suspended list. #wnba
— Dorothy J. Gentry (@DorothyJGentry) March 30, 2020
"We wish Imani well as she pursues a law degree," said Dallas Wings President and CEO Gregg Bibb. "We thank her for her for her hard work and contribution to the Wings organization and support her decision to step away from the WNBA in order to achieve a long-time goal."
"I am very thankful to Wings Nation for embracing me," said McGee-Stafford per release. "I was accepted to Southwestern Law's accelerated JD program and thus will be taking a two-year hiatus from basketball. While I am saddened to step away from such a big part of my life, I am also excited for this next chapter. I am thankful to Coach Agler and Greg Bigg for being so understanding and supportive."
The decision immediately places McGee-Stafford on the team's suspended list headed into the 2020 season. The six-foot-seven center spent time with the Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream and Dallas Wings during her four year career. She was acquired by the Wings just over a year ago prior to the 2019 season. In 2019, she appeared in 29 games and started six of them averaging 3.9 points, 3.8 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise to the Wings who are currently in the midst of a rebuild. The team was already short-handed from the interior standpoint so it will be critical to see how this impacts their 2020 WNBA draft decision making and potential trade decisions.