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Whyte Inducted into Arizona Ring of Honor

Jan 12, 2014

Former Arizona women’s basketball player Davellyn Whyte was inducted into Arizona’s Ring of Honor on Sunday, joining three other women’s basketball greats in the rafters of McKale Center.

Prior to the ceremony, Whyte met with the media and had this to say about the recognition:

On what it feels like to join just three others in the Ring of Honor:

“Like you said, there are only three names up there, so that explains itself. I feel like I came in here and did what I wanted to do and I gave my all to Arizona. I feel like I’m being rewarded for it.”

On if one of her goals coming to Arizona was to be in the Ring of Honor:

“I made goals for myself, year by year. The first one was I wanted to be freshman of the year for what was the Pac-10 back then. The overall goal is you just want to be remembered. With that being said, I came in here and knew I had to do something so that people can remember me. I think being in the Ring of Honor, people will remember me.”

On if the honor is more special because there are only three others included:

“Yeah it is--a lot. My whole family is here from out of town. It’s a special day.”

On if it’s weird to attend Arizona games as a spectator:

“It kind of is. The way the season ended, I didn’t want it to. I graduated but didn’t walk, so I feel like I still kind of go here. Not being able to be on the court is kind of different. The fans say ‘Oh, we miss you out there,’ so it’s kind of hard. I come to every game and if it’s online I harass Susie to find out where I can find it online. I’ve been really close with the team. It doesn’t feel completely done yet.”

On the biggest difference between her collegiate experience and first season in the WNBA:

“The knowledge all of the women. Like I said, they’re women. There’s no little girls up there. Also, everyone on the team is good and has done something, whether they’ve been in the league for two years or 17 years. They just have a variety of people. You have to know that everyone is good. You can’t just say ‘I’m going to guard her tonight because I’m kind of tired.’ Everyone is good. I think that is the biggest difference.”

On if there were any WNBA players that made her star struck:

“There was probably one person on every team that in warm-ups I was just like ‘Oh my.’ After, it’s just like ‘I just played against Diane Taurasi. I grew up watching you,’ kind of thing. During the game, you’re not thinking ‘Oh my’, just ‘I’m just trying to get the stop right now.’”

On her recovery from her injury:

“It’s been really good. I haven’t had any setbacks or anything like that. I have a high pain tolerance, so rehab was okay for me. The hardest thing for me is getting back in shape. I haven’t really been out of shape for a while. I’ve been rehabbing here in McKale.”

On if she ever imagined she would be in the Ring of Honor:

“No. I was pretty disappointed after our loss (against Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament), because we didn’t do too well in conference, but out of all teams, we beat Utah twice last year. I was kind of going in there with a win on my mind. After that game, it was kind of like ‘What’s next? Is this it?’ We played in Seattle, so that was on the Seattle Storm’s court. When we went there this year, I had to get the first win to redeem myself on that court. I was hoping that I did what I needed to do in those four years so that I could be remembered. This is just a complete honor.”

On if she thinks about how different it would have been if Candice would have played last year:

“Yeah, I do (think about it) a lot. To see certain players out there, it’s a ‘I wish I had one more year’ kind of thing. It just looks fun out there. I miss it.”

On if she sees coaching in her future:

“I think so. I’ve gotten a little taste of it. I don’t think I’m completely ready to stop playing and just coach. Out there in practice, I kind of find myself out there telling myself I shouldn’t be in the drills. It’s fun. I get to share my knowledge with younger kids out there. It’s selfish of me to keep everything I know inside. I share it with people who want it. Coaching will definitely be something I want to do in the future.”

On if she will play overseas during WNBA off-season:

“I was supposed to go to Switzerland in October, but with my injury I wasn’t healthy and didn’t want to risk it or rush it. Hopefully, next season I will be able to go somewhere.”

On how she got the opportunity to coach at Cienega HS:

“I knew Coach Reed when he was at Tucson (HS). He used to always bring the girls in to play open gym with us, so we kept close contact. I went up there a couple times, because he wanted me to speak with his team. Some of the girls asked if I could come back, so I went through the process and filled out all of my volunteer papers. It became official that I could be on the court and coach.”

On how she is enjoying her HS coaching experience:

“It’s fun. It’s challenging sometimes, because I talk to them in a level that is up here and I have to bring it down. I want to catch them up to where I am so badly, because I want them to be able to understand and be ready for the next level. I think it’s fun. The girls have great personalities. They’re so outgoing – the complete opposite of how I was at their age. I think we are helping each other out.”

On if she sees her competitiveness come out when she’s coaching:

“Yeah, I do. We are 15-0 right now and we are winning, but I want to kill teams. I tell them ‘Don’t stop. Don’t stop.’ They have to tell me, ‘Davellyn, calm down a little.’ It’s fun. They have fun. It’s just fun out there.”

On if she gets her competitiveness from Coach Butts:

“I think so and also from my dad because he coached me growing up. We were used to not disrespecting a team, but at the same time we are out here to have fun and win games.”

On her relationship with Coach Butts during her time at Arizona:

“It’s important. She taught me to keep my eye on the prize. Our seasons were up and down, but you have to get better year by year. I think she really pushed me to get better year by year. It helped me get to where I am now. (She taught me) hard work really does pay off and you’ll see it in the future and it did. I was Coach Butts’ first recruit, and I just rode out with her. It made a special bond there.”

On what she enjoys most about WNBA life:

“The freedom. You don’t have curfew. You’re on your own You get told once ‘This is what time the bus leaves,’ ‘This is where you need to be,’ and that’s that.”

On having Coach Manning present for the honor:

“I’m really excited that he got to be here for it. I wish the other two coaches could have been here – the ones that I came in with. They’re out doing what they want to do with coaching. I think it’s awesome we picked a game that Coach Manning could come to.”

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