Storm third-round pick Tijana Krivacevic was a guest of the team at Tuesday’s win over the Washington Mystics. The 20-year-old post player, who plays in Hungary for MKB Euroleasing Sopron, was in the United States for the first time to visit her sister, who lives in New York.
“It’s a good experience to be here,” Krivacevic told reporters before the game. “It’s nice to see everything, nice to be here with the team.”
English is a third language for Krivacevic, who speaks both Hungarian and Serbian (she was born in Serbia, but is a Hungarian National). She admitted she wasn’t entirely confident in her ability to speak the language, but was able to interact with the media as well as Storm players who have been her opponents in the Euroleague.
Krivacevic said she was excited when the Storm selected her in the 2010 WNBA Draft – on her 20th birthday.
“It’s a big thing for me,” she said. “I was very surprised to get drafted. It’s a motivation for my career and my future. I know I have to work a lot. I’m happy for this chance.
“It was the best birthday wish. This birthday was really good.”
Storm Head Coach Brian Agler told Krivacevic she had caught his eye during the 2009 Euroleague Final Four, when she competed as a teenager. At 19, she averaged 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in Euroleague play last season. The Storm will hold Krivacevic’s rights indefinitely while she develops in Europe, but she hopes to try to make the team sooner rather than later.
“I would like that,” she said when asked if she might join the team for training camp next season. “We’ll see. I know that I am young, but I don’t think about it. It’s not about being young. But I know that I have to work more and more.”