HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Brittanny Dinkins walked off of the Reed Green Coliseum court following USM's 72-62 loss to Arkansas-Little Rock in the 2017 WNIT. Although it marked her last game as a Lady Eagle, Dinkins is determined it won't be her last as a basketball player.
The 2017 Conference USA defensive player of the year competed in the WNBA Pro Combine in Dallas, Texas earlier this month in preparation for Thursday's WNBA Draft.
"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.
"Every day Brittanny Dinkins had to bring it and she knew that," said Love, a three-year letterwinner for USM. "There were days where she said, 'Coach P, I'm tired.' And it was my job to say you'll be good, you'll get over it. Brittanny Dinkins definitely overcame a lot of obstacles in her life. She just used that and brought everything on the court and went hard every day."
Dinkins proved her passion for the game basketball time and time again throughout her Southern Miss career. She wrapped up her time as the program's all-time leader in games played (134) and the tenth all-time scorer (1,479 points).
"Ever since I was a little girl," said Dinkins of her dreams to play pro basketball. "Ever since I was a little girl. You know growing up you watch and you see all the cool things that these older people do. But mainly for me, it was more of the guys side. My biggest idol was Dywane Wade, I always loved him. I always played with a lot of guys. I never really played with girls until I got to middle school and that was kind of different for me."