Posts by David Mendez-Yapkowitz

David has been with The Next team since the High Post Hoops days when he joined the staff in 2018. He is based in Los Angeles and covers the LA Sparks, Pac-12 Conference, Big West Conference and some high school as well.

Rickea Jackson sits at the podium and talks to the media at the 2024 WNBA Draft.

2024 WNBA season preview: Los Angeles Sparks

May 4, 2024

Youth movement is underway for the Sparks

Stanford's Cameron brink goes up for a shot against Oregon State's Timea Gardiner.

Sparks land talented duo with WNBA Draft lottery picks

April 16, 2024

Two new franchise cornerstones are coming to town.

Aziaha James soars in for a layup.

Confidence never wavers for Aziaha James

April 1, 2024

The junior guard buried Texas with a barrage of 3-point shots

USC Trojans guard JuJu Watkins (12) passes the ball during the second half against Baylor Lady Bears guard Darianna Littlepage-Buggs (5)

JuJu Watkins’ playmaking might be her most underrated skill

March 31, 2024

The freshman star has shown herself to be an impactful playmaker.

USC guard Kayla Padilla dribbles the ball with her left hand and puts two fingers up with her right hand to direct the offense.

Kayla Padilla is the floor leader USC needed

March 30, 2024

The Penn graduate transfer has been a steadying hand all season and into the NCAA Tournament

USC's India Otto drives to the basket for a layup

India Otto grabs the spotlight following USC’s opening-round win

March 25, 2024

The senior captain is the longest-tenured player on the roster

UC Irvine guard Deja Lee attacks the defense during the Big West Tournament Semifinals

Deja Lee’s career year helps power UC Irvine to NCAA Tournament

March 22, 2024

The junior guard turned in a career season for the Anteaters.

UC Davis' Mazatlan Harris celebrates after eliminating Hawaii in the Big West Tournament

Big West Tournament Semifinals: An upset and some chalk

March 15, 2024

The Big West Tournament Semifinals featured an upset and top seed advancing.

Hawaii guard Lily Wahinekapu dribbles the ball with her right hand and holds her left hand in a fist out in front of her.

How Hawaii’s Lily Wahinekapu joined 1,000-point club, even as she became more of a facilitator

March 8, 2024

Wahinekapu’s all-around game has helped Hawaii secure the top seed in the Big West Tournament

Chicago Sky point guard Julie Allemand drives from the top of the key towards the slot, as Connecticut Sun combo guard Natisha Hiedeman runs after her to try to catch up

The Los Angeles Sparks add more current talent with Julie Allemand, Li Yueru trade

February 19, 2024

The Sparks’ guard-heavy roster gets even more crowded.