Asia Durr is arguably the best basketball player in St. Pius X history. She is the school’s all-time leading scorer, enjoyed a fantastic career at the University of Louisville, and became the first Golden Lion to have her number retired. Last Sunday, the WNBA’s New York Liberty traveled to face the Atlanta Dream at State Farm Arena. Chosen as the second overall pick in the 2019 draft, Durr returned home to play her first regular-season game in Atlanta.
A large portion of the 4,359 people in the stadium came to support Durr. Hundreds of friends, family and supporters from the St. Pius community flocked to see her play in her hometown.
Durre said she enjoyed the visit.
“It felt good. It felt good playing in front of my friends and family, seeing everybody that I haven’t seen in a while and getting a team win,” she said. “It was fun.”
Durr did not disappoint, posting 11 points and four assists in nearly 32 minutes on the floor.
One of those impressed was 2012 WNBA MVP and six-time all-star center Tina Charles.
“She’s really good with her shot selection; she really gets to her spots,” Charles said. “Her mid-range game is very key. She drives to the basket, she is very patient, she asks a lot of questions- she wants to really be great. I think that’s something that you want in your rookie.”
Adapting from college to the professional game is one of the hardest things in sports. Durr is in the New York starting lineup and has handled it well thus far, but it has not been easy. After the game, the former St. Pius star spoke about her transition to the WNBA.
“Everything’s been tough, everything — mentally, physically,” she said. “I’m just trying to learn, that’s all I’m trying to do, but it’s part of the process. I’ve talked to a few friends who actually have played in the league on the guys’ side. They went through their first year and they told me, it’s part of it, it’s going to be challenging, but stay with it.”
The former Golden Lion guard is only 12 games into her professional career and will continue her journey on July 12 against the Chicago Sky. Durr, recently nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, has started all but one of New York’s 11 games, averaging 12 points and 2 assists, playing 31 minutes per game in her rookie season.