Rolle signs with DSK Karlin in the Czech Republic
Bahamian women’s basketball standout Waltiea Rolle, the first Bahamian to be drafted into the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), has just signed with DSK Karlin, a female basketball team in the Czech Republic, and will be leaving on September 17, 2013, to start her professional career.
Team President Daniel Kurucz is excited to have her join them for the 2013-2014 season. Rolle, a center, is expected to add much value to the team. DSK Karlin completed the 2012-2013 season with just a 5-17 win/loss record. According to reports, Rolle is looking forward to making an immediate impact. The team’s first game of the season will be on Saturday, September 21, against Lokomotiva.
Rolle completed her basketball with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, ending a remarkable four-year collegiate career under the guidance of coach Sylvia Hatchell. Rolle ended the 2012-2013 season averaging 11.7 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 2.3 blocks per game. In her senior season, last year, Rolle earned Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All Tournament Second Team selection. She is a two-time ACC All Defensive Team selection, and is 10th in ACC history with 243 total blocked shots.
Rolle was a part of the Frank Rutherford Elite Athlete Development program in Houston, Texas, where she played high school basketball for Westbury Christian School. Rolle moved to Houston at the age of 13 years old. Her development and passion for the game grew during this time. She helped her team win the state championship during the 2008-2009 season.
One of Rolle’s greatest achievements came in April 2013, when she was drafted into the WNBA by the Minnesota Lynx as the 36th and final pick. Opting to complete her college degree, she put off the opportunity to play with them until the 2014 season.