With the abrupt ending of the college basketball season and the NCAA not granting additional eligibility to winter sports athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mikayla Pivec has to move on to the next phase of her basketball career: the WNBA.
Ahead of Friday's WNBA Draft, Mikayla Pivec and her sister Malia Pivec, who runs cross country at Boise State, joined the Talkin' Beavers podcast with Ron Callan to discuss their excitement for Mikayla's big moment.
The all-time leading rebounder in Beavers women's basketball history has focused on enjoying the process and controlling what she can control.
You try not to worry too much about where you go or what's going to happen. Just know that hopefully God will steer me to the right place, and He will. Enjoy this moment and take it all in and spend time with family... Embrace the journey. -- Mikayla Pivec
Pivec, a projected second-round pick, has had some conversations with respective WNBA franchises but won't tip her hands at which ones.
"I've been in contact with a couple teams. I don't want to share here who those teams are but I'm excited about it. It's hard to say where you'd go. It's a fluid process and depends on how everything shakes out."
She does have some franchises she's hoping give her a call on Friday because she'd love to play near her family.
"I have some teams that I would love to play for, for where I have family in the area and that would be a cool environment to play in."
Speaking of her family, she'll be enjoying the moment with her family on Friday when her name gets called, as she's staying near her sister in Boise, Idaho at the moment and their parents will join them virtually over Zoom.
Pivec averaged 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior for the Oregon State Beavers this past season. Whatever team drafts her will be getting a dynamic scorer and one of the nation's best rebounders despite being a 5'10" guard.
The WNBA Draft will begin at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, April 17.
You can listen to the full podcast here.