Crockett was a two-time Nike All-American at Nathaniel Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif. As a junior, she helped Narbonne to back-to-back national titles. She was a WBCA and McDonald's All-American and the Gatorade California Player of the Year in 2002.
She graduated from UConn in 2006 after earning a bachelor's degree in sociology. She was a solid, if somewhat erratic post player, but she did play in two Final Fours, won two national championships and two Big East tournament titles in her career.
NCAA Division I women's history (70 games) from 2001-03, She averaged 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds as a senior. The forward played a big role in the 2003 Final Four semifinal against Texas and her play against Tennessee in 2004 sealed the national championship, UConn's third in a row. Crockett played in 131 games for the Huskies, finishing with 602 points and 583 rebounds.
Life after UConn: Crockett was selected by the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2006 draft but was waived. Crockett also played for the Phoenix Mercury as well as overseas in Africa, Latvia and Lithuania. She was named assistant coach at Temple last season where she replaced former UConn teammate Brittany Hunter. She was reunited with former UConn assistant Tonya Cardoza.
Call her Coach: Crockett was always a productive postseason player. Now she's hoping she can help her players at Temple find similar results. The Huskies defeated the Owls in last season's NCAA Tournament in a second-round game in Norfolk, Va.
"You just need to make sure you leave everything you have out on the floor," she said. "You don't want to have any regrets. You want to make sure you give your all."
"When I was young, I kind of coached at the park, but I don't know if that qualifies as developing an interest in coaching. But being around young people and trying to instill something important in them at that stage of their lives is interesting to me. I just didn't know it would be so soon."
"At Temple. there are other people around to do the yelling. I'm the one who tries to keep things calm, tell the players it's going to be all right. I'm just trying to be what Tonya was to me. She didn't yell at me at Connecticut."
Spotlight On Willnett Crockett
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