Mykeema Ford: Trenton’s Top WNBA Prospect Keeps On Keepin’ On
It's been done before in the WNBA. A player from a non-traditional basketball university goes undrafted, yet shows up at a team's camp, and despite general manager skepticism, makes the roster and later enjoys a highly prolific professional career.
Case in point - Becky Hammon.
Mykeema Ford's potential brings her to the same plateau. A 5'8" point guard, the Trenton, New Jersey native was one of 20 players from across the globe invited to the Washington Mystics' Spring 2007 training camp.
At that time Ford was coming off a stellar senior season at SUNY Stony Brook, in which she averaged 19.2 points per game, and 3.9 assists.
The Mystics opted for other prospects, leaving Ford without a place to play.
More than a year has passed since then. Ford's dreams haven't changed in the least, and her passion for her favorite game continues to grow back home in New Jersey's capital city.
"The WNBA has always been my dream," says Ford, who turns 25 on July 11th. "I think about it everyday. Having a conversation about it, it gets me emotional."
Today, Ford can be found coaching youths at basketball camps and elementary schools throughout Mercer County. She lends her time, expertise and insight to those youngsters who share her goals, including her top one.
"I'd rather be playing more than anything," Ford claims. "It's very frustrating. But I will never give up. I'm so focused."
Ford says she doesn't mind where she goes either. She went across the country to practice with the Los Angeles Sparks for a short time before injuring herself. She feverishly hopes for a call or letter from another WNBA team.
Like most of the league's greats though, Ford may also try to play overseas in the fall and winter months.
"Overseas would be a good look for me," she says, expressing a strong interest in going to Europe. "Then next year I can try and get back into the WNBA."
In the meantime, Ford continues to plug away at what she's good at. With most WNBA teams well-stacked at the point guard position, Ford doesn't expect a team to contact her in 2008, but remains hopeful.
She thanks her family and friends in Trenton for all of their years of support at games. Ford says growing up in the city (around what she considers great basketball opportunities) prepared her well for the challenge she continues to face, and is confident she'll one day conquer.
"New Jersey's a big basketball place," Ford lovingly says. "A lot of people here know me, and I'm grateful."