Bobbitt among Mystics first training camp cuts

Bobbitt among Mystics first training camp cuts
May 12, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The reshaping of the Mystics roster continues as Washington trimmed its roster down to 13 by waiving three, leaving six rookies in camp.

Shannon Bobbitt, who played 28 games for the Mystics last season. Avery Warley, signed as free agent this offseason and rookie free agent Ashley Corral were released, the team announced on Sunday. Eventually the team must pare down the roster to 11 players. Washington opens the season on May 27 at Tulsa.

Returning starters Crystal Langhorne and Monique Currie, reserve Michelle Snow and newly acquired center Kia Vaughn are roster locks among the frontcourt options. Same for free agent point guard Ivory Latta, first-round pick Tayler Hill and holdover Matee Ajavon, who has yet to join the team due to overseas commitments. 

Bobbitt averaged 2.8 points and 2.6 assists last season. Without her on the roster, Natalie Novosel's spot on the roster appears more secure. Washington's 2012 first round selection received sporadic minutes over 31 games as a rookie.

If Novosel joins the roster locks, three slots remain with five rookies besides Hill in the mix.

Washington drafted former Saint John's point guard Nadirah McKenith in the second round two selections before taking center Emma Meesseman from Belgium. Three rookie free agents round out the roster: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (North Carolina), forward Drey Mingo (Purdue) and guard Shey Peddy (Temple).

Ruffin-Pratt, the former T.C. Williams star and two-time All Met Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, has been an early camp surprise. The versatile 5-foot-10 guard played multiple positions for the Tar Heels and ran the offense last season. 

The Mystics face the Brazilian national team on Wednesday in the first of their two exhibition games. Washington plays at Minnesota on Saturday.