sydney wiese

Los Angeles Sparks see bright future with Sydney Wiese, sign contract extension

Los Angeles Sparks see bright future with Sydney Wiese, sign contract extension

The Los Angeles Sparks have signed Sydney Wiese to a contract extension to remain in Los Angeles through the 2022 season. 

The former Oregon State guard was selected in the first round, No. 11 overall by the Sparks in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Sydney is a huge part of the culture and identity we’re building in Los Angeles. She had a great season for us in 2019 and I’m excited for her continued growth with our group. — Eric Holoman, Managing Partner and Governor 

Last season, Wiese appeared in 32 games and started 16, averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 assists per game, while shooting 37% on 3-pointers. She averaged 20.6 minutes per game and appeared in all four of the Sparks playoff games.

Sydney Wiese is an invaluable part of our organization. She can play multiple backcourt positions, provides outside shooting, and is a model teammate and professional. — Sparks head coach Derek Fisher

But you probably already knew that. Wiese shined throughout her four-year career at Oregon State. 

Here are just some of her accomplishments:

Senior CLASS Award winner; AP Second-Team All-American; Wooden Award All-American; USWBA All-American; WBCA All-America Honorable Mention; ESPNW Second Team All-American; One of 14 players all-time to make the All-Pac-12 team all four years of her career; Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year; Academic All-America Third Team; Wooden Award Finalist; Naismith Trophy Semifinalist; Pac-12 All-Tournament Team.

She finished her career averaging 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while setting the school record for assists and three-pointers made.

I have so much gratitude for our owners, Michael Fischer, and Coach Fisher. They have stuck with me throughout my transition from college to becoming familiar with the league. Their commitment to me as a person, player, and professional is unmatched. I take pride in wearing purple and gold and I am excited to continue to represent the Sparks organization. — Sydney Wiese

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State softball head coach Laura Berg.

Sydney Wiese on the mend after testing positive for COVID-19

Sydney Wiese on the mend after testing positive for COVID-19

A few weeks ago I had a chance to talk to Oregon State alum Sydney Wiese for the Talkin’ Beavers podcast. 

At that time she had just returned home from Spain where she had been playing pro basketball. The coronavirus crisis ended her season a little early and she had quite the odyssey getting back to her hometown of Phoenix. The flight home....Barcelona, Mexico City, Los Angeles and then Phoenix. She arrived back home on March 13th and even before she got back during the trip she said she wasn't herself.

Wiese made a return appearance on this week’s Talkin’ Beavers Podcast. 

It all happened really fast. I got home on March 13th, Friday the 13th. Even the night before I lost my sense of smell and taste. It wasn't a symptom of the virus at the time. I knew I was going to be in self-quarantine at home just to be safe and traveling from Europe. — Sydney Wiese

But after getting home to Phoenix she knew something was wrong:

I knew that my body was off, I know my body and it didn't feel right. I wasn’t showing any major symptoms of the virus. Then Ruth (Ruth Hamblin who is also part of the podcast) sent me an article that said loss of smell and taste were symptoms of the virus. — Sydney Wiese

She was tested and it came back positive. She got a ton of national attention because she was the first WNBA player who tested positive. So she remains in quarantine but feels good! 

I don't feel like a million bucks but a thousand bucks. Feeling much better but I will remain in quarantine and keep an eye on my parents (Troy and Patti) to make sure they are okay. — Sydney Wiese

So Syd will remain in her childhood bedroom, in the backyard and their driveway where there is a basket she has been shooting on since she was old enough to play hoops.

Wiese, like all professional athletes, will now wait to see what happens next in their world. She is slated to begin a fourth year in the WNBA but will the season happen? She will be aided by the fact her former Beaver teammate Marie Gulich was traded from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Sydney is thrilled to have an Oregon State reunion in Hollywood!!

Marie told me and to be honest it’s too good to be true and we didn't want to get too excited because it is a business and you never know. Once free-agency passed we were able to celebrate a little bit. — Sydney Wiese

Sydney is the all-time three pointer shooter in Oregon State history, hitting 373 during her four seasons with Oregon State. This game took place during the later stage of her senior season:

  

Sydney's professional career took quite a turn for the better after two years of basically riding the bench in Los Angeles. Derek Fisher took over as the head coach and Sydney had a chance to show her talent. She started sixteen of the teams 32 games and showed leadership on the floor and as usual was a great cheerleader when not on the court. I had a chance to cover the LA Sparks vs. Seattle Storm game last summer in Everett, Washington and Syd (in the purple uniform) knocks down a nice three-ball.

 

One thing that Sydney loves is any connection to Oregon State. Mikayla Pivec's little sister Malia (who runs cross country at Boise State) attended that same game in Everett which is right next to the Pivec's hometown of Lynwood, Washington and after she had time to pose for a few pics!

Sydney will always be a Beav and during the podcast with Ruth Hamblin and Marie Gulich, I asked her how Gill Coliseum rates after playing basketball in arenas all over the planet. Sydney has played pro ball in Australia, Israel and Spain during her off-season away from the WNBA.

Ron, its not even a question. I mean even going back to college there was no arena like our home court at Gill. To be there for the progress throughout the years. I remember the team making a big basket you were heading back on defense and you couldn't ever hear each other. You could really feel the energy out there. In a tight game and you were tired you could feel the crowd and they helped us win many of those games! — Sydney Wiese

Sydney will now wait and continue to work on her health and hoop game shooting in the driveway. Will there be a WNBA season? Like all of us she is waiting and wondering. 

Check out the full podcast with Syd, Ruth and Marie. It was a treat to get to chat with three Beaver legends thanks to NBC Sports Northwest and ZOOM!!

Sydney Wiese was in Spain when COVID-19 shut the sports world down

Sydney Wiese was in Spain when COVID-19 shut the sports world down

Sydney Wiese will forever be remembered as one of the greats to pass through Corvallis, Oregon. 

Throughout Wiese’s four-year run with the Beavers, the Oregon State women’s basketball team reached the Pac-12 tournament championship four times, won it all once (2015-2016 over UCLA); reached the NCAA Tournament all four years, with two second round appearances, a trip to the Final Four and a Sweet 16 appearance. 

In her senior season, Wises averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

Here are just some of her accolades throughout her collegiate career:

- Senior CLASS Award winner

- AP Second-Team All-American

- Wooden Award All-American

- USWBA All-American

- WBCA All-America Honorable Mention

- ESPNW Second Team All-American

- One of 14 players all-time to make the All-Pac-12 team all four years of her career

- Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year

- Academic All-America Third Team

- Wooden Award Finalist

- Naismith Trophy Semifinalist

- Pac-12 All-Tournament Team

Wiese was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks. 

This WNBA offseason, Wiese was overseas playing in Spain when the coronavirus shut down the sports world. 

"It was a lot to take in, to say the least," Wiese said. "I woke up randomly in the middle of the night to text messages and updates because that's when President Trump placed the travel ban that was going to go into affect in 48 hours. This came a couple of hours after our league decided to postponed."

Wiese said she didn't want to get stuck overseas, but understood the decision.

"It hurt my heart because I loved the team I was with, I loved my coaches, I loved Spain."

Listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with Wiese where she describes what it was like to be in Spain during this time and much more:

Sydney Wiese taken 11th overall in WNBA Draft

usatsi_9952068.jpg
USA Today

Sydney Wiese taken 11th overall in WNBA Draft

Sydney Wiese is trading in the small town of Corvallis for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The former Beavers star was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks with the 11th overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft, becoming the highest ever selection for an Oregon State player.

Wiese had quite the career at Oregon State, setting the Pac-12 record for career three pointers made (373), was named to the Pac-12 all-conference team four times, and helped lead the team to its first ever Final Four appearance in 2016. That 2016 team also won the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time in program history.

In her final season at OSU Wiese averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game, and was a finalist for the Naismith Award given to the national player of the year. For her career, Wiese averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. When it was all said and done Wiese finished her career with 626 assists, a program record, and 1,824 points, good for fifth al-time in OSU history.

Wiese becomes the third former Beaver currently in the WNBA, joining Ruth Hamblin (18th overall pick in 2016 by the Dallas Wings) and Jamie Weisner (17th overall pick in the 2016 by the Connecticut Sun).

In a press release prepared by the Sparks, Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler, and Head Caoch Brian Agler had high praise for Wiese. “Sydney is one of the best point guards in the country,” said Toler. “She is a very good passer, penetrator, and three-point shooter that has shown that she can affect the outcome of a game be either her scoring or passing ability.  She will be a great addition to our team now and for years to come.”

 “We are excited to get Sydney as a part of our team,” said Agler, “We like her ability to play the point guard spot, shoot the three-point spot and distribute to her All-WNBA teammates.” 

The Sparks open up the WNBA regular season on May 13  with a home matchup against the Seattle Storm.