From Washington, to California, and back to Washington, Ashley Corral is a now a professional basketball player.
Corral, a 2008 Prairie High School graduate who then starred at the University of Southern California, has signed a training camp contract with the Seattle Storm of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Training camp begins Sunday.
“I’m excited to be coming back to Washington. I’ll be with my family,” Corral said in a phone interview Thursday. “My mom, she may not admit it, but she misses me.”
Corral had hoped to be selected in the WNBA’s draft last week. But she was told by her agent that if she was not picked, there would be teams willing to sign her as a free agent, giving her a chance to make a squad.
The Storm made contact with Corral’s representative “five minutes” after the draft, Corral said.
“I just want to work as hard as I can, showcase my talents, and make the team,” Corral said. “My main goal is to get on the roster. That’s what I’m going for.”
In all likelihood, Corral also will be finding basketball work in another country after the WNBA season ends in late summer. Many American basketball players find teams in Europe.
“I’ll be going overseas,” she said, adding that several clubs, from different countries, have shown interest. “We’ll see what happens after the Storm. Anything can happen.”
Corral was named to the All-Pac-12 Team three consecutive seasons and leaves USC as the school’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made.
“I was disappointed that I didn’t get drafted. It would have been such an honor to get drafted. It was kind of a shock,” she said. “But I still have an opportunity. I still have a job. And it’s still such an honor to be going to training camp.”
She also said she is on the same level as any of the draftees.
“We all have to go out there and make the team,” Corral said. “I’m really, really excited.”
At Prairie, she was a McDonald’s All-American as a senior.
If Corral makes the Seattle roster, she will be playing professionally in the same city her sister Heather will play college ball. Heather has signed with the University of Washington.