New basketball league proves to be a success as Taj Cole signs WNBA contract

“Taj worked for it, so it’s awesome to see she has that opportunity,” Imani McGee-Stafford told rolling out during the Zoom call, “but we’ve got to keep playing in this league and doing the best we can and making sure we build this as well.”

The league gave McGee-Stafford, a 6-foot-7 center out of Texas, an opportunity to play basketball for the first time in two years. McGee-Stafford stepped away from the WNBA to attend law school. She also went to Ghana for a week in 2021 to build an Impact Lab Educational Center.

“I love this game and everything I’ve gotten in life has come from basketball, but I didn’t realize how much I missed it,” McGee-Stafford said. “The competition. Watching players and I’m like, ‘Man if I was there.’ Different things like that and being a part of the team camaraderie. So, AU has been an amazing opportunity. Being able to suit up and be a pro again has been amazing.”

The daughter of WNBA great Pamela McGee and sister of NBA center Javale then took a beat to sit back and let out a joyous laugh.

“I’m just happy to be here,” she said. “It’s just nice to be playing basketball, man.”

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