Q&A With Lynetta Kizer

The Connecticut Sun acquired Lynetta Kizer in a three-team trade involving the Phoenix Mercury and Indiana Fever on Tuesday.

A 6-foot-4 veteran forward/center who will begin her sixth WNBA season, Kizer has steadily improved throughout her professional career, and is expected to play a key role for the Sun this summer.

Following the trade, Lynetta took a few minutes to answer some questions:

What is something you would like Connecticut Sun fans to know about you as a player?
“I’m a very passionate player! I play with a lot of energy and just love this game. I’m excited to be a part of this organization.”

How about something fans should know about you as a person?
“I like to have a good time! It’s important for me to always make sure my teammates are laughing and having fun while playing this game.”

You played for two years at Maryland with Alyssa Thomas. Is it exciting to be reunited?
“It’s very exciting to be playing alongside A.T. again. She plays with so much passion, and that’s what I love about her. I can’t wait to hit the court again with my lil champ! (Insider lol)”

Because so many WNBA players compete overseas, it seems like everyone knows everyone. How many members of the Sun team have you played with, or come to know since joining the league?

“I know majority of all of them. Strick (Shekinna Stricklen) and I won a gold medal playing for the USA team. I grew up not too far from Jasmine Thomas, so we have known each other for a long time! I’m excited to finally be playing with her. And of course me and A.T. played college together.”

Looking at your numbers, you clearly are growing as a professional each season. In what areas do you think you have made the most improvement as a player during your pro career?
“I would say shooting the ball. My confidence grows each year and seeing shots go down also help as well. And I really have been working on my low post game, with my back to the basket, as well as facing up! Those are really some strong points for me.”

You designed t-shirts for the boys’ basketball team at your old high school. Can you tell us how that came about, as well as your involvement with Team Championship Behavior?
“The boys’ coach reached out to me and wanted to order some shirts from the clothing line and I was excited! It’s an honor having those guys represent Championship Behavior. I met a good friend, Keith Gwinn, in Indiana and I fell in love with everything Team Championship Behavior represents and we took off from there. We sat and talked often about starting an AAU program and we did just that. We now have five teams – three in Ohio, one in Maryland and one in my hometown in Virginia.”

Off the court, what are some things that you enjoy doing? Do you have any specific hobbies?
“I like to shop of course. I really enjoy playing pool. And in my downtime, I’m always playing Xbox.”