NEW YORK, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Chiquita Evans, 30, made history on Tuesday by becoming the first woman selected in the NBA 2K League Draft 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
With gamer tag Chiquitae126, Evans, a black woman, was drafted into Warriors Gaming Squad with the second pick of the fourth round (No. 56 overall). A total of 75 players were picked from an eligible 198-gamer pool. Evans was one of the two female players who entered the pool.
Evans was so excited that she was weeping on the scene.
She told reporters, "It feels surreal. It's an amazing experience. Women actually got me through this -- a lot of my friends who play 2K with me. They've been pushing me to get through everything, especially when I found out that I made the draft pool."
Talking about her role in the Warriors team, she said,"I am a really good knock-down shooter. I pride myself on defense. They're going to get a hardworking player ready to fill in whatever role they need."
Answering a question about that female players would often be frozen out of the ball once they were discovered on the headset, Evans said, "I've experienced it quite a bit. The way I fight through it is to control what you can control. So I did other things. I played defense. I rebounded. I made sure I passed the ball to the correct player that was open."
As a huge fan of Kevin Durant, Evans said, "I followed him through Oak Hill when he was in high school, then when he played in Texas."
"One of my favorite hip-hop artists is Biggie. I'm a little older, so I like Biggie," she said.