A year of WNBA experience behind her, Erica McCall is ready for her next adventure.
It starts Sunday when McCall, a Ridgeview graduate, flies to Hungary to play a season with Atomeromu KSC Szekszard during the WNBA offseason.
"It's exciting," McCall said on Thursday's edition of BVarsity Live. "I got a few more offers, but ... (this is) the best opportunity. In Hungary, I'll get really good playing, I'll get to experience the city of Budapest, which is about an hour and a half away, and I think it will just be a good learning experience."
McCall, who led Stanford to the Final Four in March before the Indiana Fever picked her in the first round of the WNBA Draft, then played in 30 games with the Fever this season, starting once and averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.
"It was a great experience," she said. "It definitely had a lot of challenges to it, but it was a blessing in disguise. My team wasn't as good as everyone predicted, but they gave me an ample amount of playing time that I wasn't expected to get."
McCall said she noticed the difference in physicality and speed at the WNBA level on the first day of practice.
"Oh my gosh, it's just so much faster," she said. "I wasn't getting the moves I wanted. My go-to moves just weren't there, so I had to learn how I was going to make an impact in the game. I know I can always bring rebounding and energy, but offensively, I had to learn to slow the game down."
Part of that, said the four-time BVarsity Player of the Year, is learning how to read and react to different defenses on the fly instead of following a set gameplan as she did in college.
"That's what I'm looking forward to improving when I go play overseas, and hopefully that will carry over to next season," she said.
No matter where McCall's adventures take her, she's proud to let folks know where she's from: She wore a T-shirt Thursday that read, "Just a Kid from Bakersfield." She might wear the shirt next while trying some goulash in Budapest, or perhaps after a big win in the Hungarian first division.
"They gave it to me at Stanford when I graduated, and this is definitely my favorite shirt of all-time," she said. "I love Bakersfield, so that's why I'm always repping it."
To see the full interview, go to Bakersfield.com/BVarsity.