May 10, 2011
The Commonwealth will be well represented at the Tulsa Shock’s training camp in 2011 as Australia’s Elizabeth Cambage will also be joined by Canada’s Miranda Ayim.
Born in Chatham and raised in London, Ontario Canada, Ayim played her college ball at Pepperdine University where she had occasional opportunities to play pick-up games with Jennifer Lacy.
“I really loved it,” said Ayim about her decision to cross borders to attend college. “I loved the location, more importantly the people and some of my closest friends are there.”
Ayim averaged 11.6 points and 6.2 games in 119 games (100 starts) for Pepperdine including leading the team with 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds during the 2009-10 season. She left Pepperdine fourth in blocks-per-game (1.5), fifth in field goals made (581), sixth in games played (119), sixth in minutes (3,334) and seventh in fields goals attempted (1,201).
Before college, Ayim played on the U-21 and U-19 FIBA World Championships for the Canadian national teams. However, coming to Shock camp under Coach Nolan Richardson, she’s expecting something totally different.
“I know coach’s style is a lot of running, a lot of pressure, the 40 minutes of Hell,” Ayim said. “I’m definitely a runner. I like to get out on offense and defense and I like to bring that athletic quick style of play and I feel that’s a pretty good fit for the system.”
After graduating in 2010, Ayim spent this past off-season playing overseas in Turkey before getting the call from the Shock coaching staff and earning an invite to training camp. This will be Ayim’s first WNBA training camp.
“I’m not entirely sure what to expect but I have several friends given some insight on what to expect,” Ayim said. “I think it will be really competitive, a lot of running. I’m just trying to go in and study. I’ve been taking care of my physical fitness and now have to be mentally ready for whatever they throw at me.”