USM's Brittanny Dinkins pursues Pro basketball career

USM's Brittanny Dinkins pursues Pro basketball career

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Shortly after wrapping up her Southern Miss career as the all-time leader in games played (134) and tenth all-time scorer (1,479 points), Brittanny Dinkins began her pursuit of a professional basketball career.

The 2017 Conference USA defensive player of the year to one step closer to her dream after competing in the WNBA Pro Combine in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.

Dinkins said even if her name isn't called at the 2017 WNBA Draft on April 13, Saturday's showcase was a tremendous opportunity for scouts and agents to see her play.

"If my name doesn't get called, I'm still going to be fine," Dinkins said. "I met a couple agents that are interested, still have people that are still in contact with my coaches and stuff like that. That next step for me if I don't get picked is to see what it is for me overseas. And even then, if I'm overseas and I do a great job I can still get picked up by a WNBA team. All is not lost. Everybody's route is different and obviously mine might be different. I'm just willing to go ahead and take whatever route God has for me to be successful."

Lady Eagle assistant coach Pauline Love competed in the same Pro Combine as Dinkins before going on to play for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun in 2010 and the Cote d'Opale Basket Calais professional team in France during the 2010-11 season.

A three-year letterwinner for Southern Miss, Love has been a guide for Dinkins as she pursues her pro basketball goals.

"Before we left [for the Pro Combine], I explained to her it's going to be really hard," Love said. "It's going to be about 100 kids at this combine and 99 are going to be guards, so it's real competitive. She had to do something to stand out. Coach [Joye Lee-McNelis] told her to wear some loud colors so of course she showed up with her gold on. I told her she needs to stand out - what is one thing you're good at? Defense. So defend the crap out of the ball. So again, I was there letting all the WNBA coaches, agents know she's going to do a lot of things that you're not going to see."