April 15, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: LaChina Robinson talks 2022 WNBA Draft and Rising Media Stars
Howard Megdal sits down with women's basketball analyst and Rising Media Stars co-founder LaChina Robinson
On today’s episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball host Howard Megdal sits down with LaChina Robinson. LaChina is an ESPN analyst as well as host of the Huuuge Fan and Around the Rim podcasts. She is also co-founder of Rising Media Stars, providing opportunities for women of color looking to start a career in sports broadcasting.
LaChina shared some of her thoughts about the 2022 WNBA Draft with Howard, including her surprise at where Destanni Henderson landed in this year’s draft. Henderson, who is fresh off winning a national title with the South Carolina Gamecocks, dropped to the second round as the 20th overall pick in the draft.
“Shocking, shocking,” said LaChina, “I had Destanni Henderson pretty firmly in my top, even, eight [overall]….Everything that I had seen from Destanni Henderson on the court spoke volumes I think to what I felt like she can contribute in the WNBA. You know, just how poised and confident she is at that point guard spot, her speed, you know, her play-making ability, you know, her basketball IQ. And then she hit 55 three-pointers this year which was a career high for her.”
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LaChina also discussed with Howard how she gives back to women of color looking to get into sports broadcast and journalism. Through Rising Media Stars, LaChina provides resources and opportunities to women of color who are looing to start a career in sports media. Her movement is intended to create a “pipeline” of new talent.
“[Rising Media Stars] is a non-profit where we take five young women every year and we basically give them the resources, the tools, the network to be able to make headway in the field of sports broadcasting,” LaChina shares on the podcast.
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