Vandersloot completes shift from local star to national celebrity

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 12 at 6:31 PM

SPOKANE -- In a matter of weeks, former Gonzaga point guard Courtney Vandersloot made the shift from local star to national celebrity.

She started to get attention across the country after she dominated the NCAA Tournament. Vandersloot became the first player in Division I history to record 2,000 career points and 1,000 career assists. Her feat was plastered all over national television shows and websites.

After Gonzaga was ousted from the tournament in the Elite Eight, Vandersloot was swept away to the Final Four in Indianapolis. She was able to soak up the atmosphere, but she was also there for business. Vandersoot received several awards for her achievements on the court this season.

The fun didn't stop there. Vandersloot was then one of 15 players invited to the WNBA Draft at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. She was selected by the Chicago Sky third overall in Monday's draft, making her only the second player in Gonzaga history ever picked.

Vandersloot finally returned home on Tuesday after nearly two weeks on the road. Just because she's back, doesn't mean life slows down. Vandersloot has to make up for lost time away from the classroom so she can graduate next month. A week after she walks, she's expected in training camp with Chicago.

Who says being a celebrity is easy?

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