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Asia Durr talks about her battle with COVID and returning to the WNBA

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Asia Durr (Photo: USA Today Sports, Scout.com)

Former All-American Asia Durr was back at the KFC Yum Center on Sunday as a spectator and received a loud ovation from the University of Louisville women’s basketball faithful.

Durr said she hopefully will be back on the court playing soon.

the no 2 pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty, Durr hasn’t played since her rookie season. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 in June of 2020 and has been dealing with long-haul issues with the virus since then, leaving her career on hold.

But in November she was cleared by her doctors and on Sunday Durr said she’s getting better and better.

“I’m doing great,” Durr said. “I have been training five days a week, one day at a time. It is hard, it is a journey because it’s not just about me being out for two years but it is also about me being sick and still having symptoms day in and day out. For me most importantly it’s about staying grounded, not getting frustrated and taking it one day at a time.

“This is something new, something unique. I’m just trying to have fun. This is just something new for me. In the past, I would get hurt and then I would come back and be like OK I am just a little tired but now having COVID, it’s a lot and I am still trying to take it all in and learn.”

The 24-year-old Durr lost 32 pounds during her battle with COVID. But she is eager to get back with the Liberty.

“I’ll be there,” Durr said. “I’ll be there. Training camp is April 17, so one day at a time. I am coming back from something that is very serious. I have a great coaching staff and a great training staff that really understand how serious this was and there is no real rush for me to be back for the first game.

“But at the same time, I want to play and I will make sure that I am doing everything I can to play.”

During her rookie season, Durr started 15 of the 18 games she played and averaged 9.7 points a game. But her season was cut short by an injury.

One of the most decorated players in Louisville history, Durr what the no 2 pick the draft by the New York Liberty in the 2019 draft.

She was chosen as the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award winner – top shooting guard in the country – WBCA All-American and Dawn Staley Award – top guard in the country – following her senior season at U of L. She also had All-American acknowledgments from the Associated Press, espnW, Wooden Award and USBWA.

Also a two-time ACC Player of the Year, Durr completed her career that rates as one of the best to ever play at basketball at Louisville. The team’s 123 wins during her four-year career marks the winningest stretch in program history.

Durr said she knows how “amazing” the Louisville fan base is from her time at U of L, but she was reminded of that again on Sunday.

“This is awesome,” Durr said. “We have the best fans in the country. Just to see how they are so happy to see me here, and just me being back it’s a dream. I am speechless with all the things that I have beenb throuhg and just to come back and see all of these great people here embrace me, it really makes me feel great.

“I am just so thankful and I feel just so blessed.”

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